Darius Slay has only been a member of the Philadelphia Eagles organization for a couple of days, but the Pro Bowl cornerback is already embracing the city.
The Eagles sent a couple of draft picks to the Detroit Lions in exchange for the three-time Pro Bowl defensive back earlier this week. Philadelphia gets a much-needed upgrade in its secondary.
Slay, a former Mississippi State star, wore No. 23 the past six seasons in Detroit. He plans on wearing a new number in Philadelphia.
"My number I'm rocking? I'm going with that two four, man. I'm rockin' with two four this year," Slay said Saturday evening in an Instagram Live video. "Kobe mode. Black mamba, baby. Rest in peace to the GOAT, man. Rest in peace to one of my favorite players. [...] I think I'm gonna look good in 24."
Bryant, a Philadelphia native and massive Eagles fan, died earlier this year in a tragic helicopter accident.
The former Los Angeles Lakers star attended Lower Merion High School in Pennsylvania. He was rated the top high school player in the country and went straight to the NBA.
Slay has been in the NFL since 2013. He was a second round pick out of Mississippi State.