Darius Slay is tapping into his inner “Mamba Mentality.”

While chatting with fans on Instagram Live Saturday, the new Philadelphia Eagles cornerback revealed what number he plans to wear in his first season in the City of Brotherly Love.

The sentiment behind the decision?

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Paying homage to the late, great Kobe Bryant, who was both a Philadelphia native and noted Eagles fan.

In the weeks following Bryant’s passing in a tragic helicopter crash, along with eight other victims, including his daughter, Gianna, on January 26, many NBA players that wore the Nos. 8 and 24 — figures Kobe made shine brighter than any other player before him — changed their numbers out of respect for the “Black Mamba”. Los Angeles Lakers guard Quinn Cook changed his number from “2” to “28” to pay tribute to Kobe and Gianna, who wore “2” as a youth basketball player.

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