Star CB Darius Slay says he'll wear No. 24 with Eagles in honor of Kobe Bryant

The Philadelphia Eagles’ newest star is paying tribute to one of the city’s biggest local heroes.

Cornerback Darius Slay, who was acquired in a trade with the Detroit Lions on Friday, said on an Instagram Live broadcast that he intends to wear No. 24 with his new team in honor of Kobe Bryant, who died in January in a helicopter crash.

Slay wore No. 30 during his rookie year and No. 23 for the rest of his time with the Lions.

The Eagles gave up third- and fifth-round NFL draft picks in exchange for Slay in hopes he can bring some dependability to a position that has plagued the Eagles in recent years.

Slay has been selected to the last three Pro Bowls, and was a first-team All-Pro in 2017 when he tied for the NFL lead in interceptions and led outright in passes defended with 26.

The 29-year-old Slay is far from the first Philadelphia athlete to pay tribute to Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, who also died in the crash. Bryant was born and raised in the Philadelphia area and was an outspoken Eagles fan.

Major moves of the 2020 NFL offseason
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Major moves of the 2020 NFL offseason

QB Tom Brady: Signed with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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WR DeAndre Hopkins: Traded from Houston Texans to Arizona Cardinals

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

QB Teddy Bridgewater: Signed with Carolina Panthers

(AP Photo/Mark Black, File)

QB Nick Foles: Traded from Jacksonville Jaguars to Chicago Bears

 (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

WR Stefon Diggs: Traded from Minnesota Vikings to Buffalo BIlls

(AP Photo/Butch Dill)

CB Darius Slay: Traded from Detroit Lions to Philadelphia Eagles

(AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

RB Todd Gurley: Released by Los Angeles Rams, signed with Atlanta Falcons

(AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

QB Philip Rivers: Signed with Indianapolis Colts

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)


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