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Nick Saban reacts to the death of Kobe Bryant: ‘The world lost a truly special person today’

University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban reacted to the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant on Sunday, saying, “The world lost a truly special person today.”

Saban further remarked, “Our hearts go out to Kobe’s family, friends and all who loved him as both a basketball player and a person. Kobe was one of the greatest to ever play the game, but what truly separated him was his competitive spirit and unmatched work ethic.”

Saban also referenced Bryant’s visit to the Bama football team in August of 2018.

“When Kobe spoke to our team, he talked about how he went to work knowing perfect was unattainable but put everything into closing the gap on perfect every day,” Saban added. “This is an unbelievably sad day. He leaves a tremendous legacy for all who knew and loved him.”

Bryant offered some wisdom and words of advice during that visit with the Crimson Tide players.

“To be an effective leader, you have to be a really good listener,” Bryant told the group.

Both Bryant and his 13- year-old daughter Gianna Maria Onore were killed Sunday morning in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, which reportedly left nine people dead.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

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