By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Tom Brady and Kobe Bryant were cut from the same cloth. On their respective stages, they showed an unrelenting desire to put on their best possible performance for their massive audiences. They dominated and won, and wanted to keep winning. They believed they could achieve anything. It's an essential trait to becoming the best in the world.
That's one of the lessons Brady took from the way Bryant carried himself for most of his life and career, and one of the qualities that Brady expressed in a long, heartfelt message about the late basketball legend on Tuesday. You can read the full message below via Brady's Twitter page.
"Kobe didn't care whether you were a man or woman, boy or girl, black or white, rich or poor, ordinary or extraordinary, he wanted to help you become the best you could be," Brady's post reads. "His mere presence had an effect on everybody he was around. He had the energy to recognize in others what they could not recognize in themselves.
"I think that's why I will miss him most. Because we all know the world needs more of that leadership and positivity. We recognize that he was doing the work that others don't want to or simply can't do. The world we live in is full of people telling kids and adults 'you can't', 'you won't' or 'you never will.' The world er live in is teaching EVERYONE to fear, to worry, to shame or to give up. And that's the opposite of what Kobe stood for."
Brady and Bryant both loved few things more than ripping their opponents' hearts out in victory. And they've also strived to be the best possible people for their families and supporters. They shared that greatness gene. So it's no wonder that losing Bryant has hit Brady harder than you might think.
Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at [email protected].