Giants WR Golden Tate Honors Kobe Bryant and Chadwick Boseman vs. Bears

Brad Sullivan
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On Sunday, New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate offered a subtle tribute via his cleats to both Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and actor Chadwick Boseman.

The images of both Bryant and Boseman recognized the deaths of the two icons during 2020. Bryant was one of nine people killed in a helicopter crash in January, while Boseman lost a lengthy battle with colon cancer late last month.

Bryant played all 20 of his NBA seasons with the Lakers, helping lead them to five NBA titles and winning numerous individual accolades in the process.

Boseman had been prominently featured in a number of different films, most notably playing the lead role in the “Black Panther.”

Tate is in his 10th NFL season, with the Giants his fourth team during that span. Entering Sunday’s action, Tate had collected 660 receptions during his career and scored 44 touchdowns.

Despite the fact that Tate grew up in Tennessee and now plays on the East Coast, it’s clear that the impact of both Bryant and Boseman resonate far beyond Southern California.

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Brad is a freelance writer for, who can clearly recall watching Lakers games in 1972 as they captured the first of their 11 Los Angeles-based titles. The franchise's evolution into a beloved and iconic franchise among its fan base since that memorable year allows for a wider perspective to be a part of his writing about the team's current fortunes.