Darius Slay — one of the best defensive backs in the NFL — says he’s changing his jersey number from #23 to #24 … and it’s all to honor Kobe Bryant.
Slay was just traded from the Detroit Lions to the Philadelphia Eagles — Kobe’s favorite team. And, since Darius is looking for a fresh start, he felt a number change was in order — and with #24 available, he scooped it right up!
“I’m rockin’ with that two-four this year,” Slay said on IG … “Kobe mode. Black Mamba baby. Rest in peace to the GOAT! One of my favorite players.”
“Playing for Kobe’s favorite NFL team is a dream come true,” Slay said on Instagram, “Man, it’s truly a blessing.”
Slay rocked #23 for all 6 years he played with the Lions. Before that, it was #9 at Mississippi State. And, #4 during his high school days. So, it’s not like there’s a prior connection.
The #24 jersey was previously worn in Philly by RB Jordan Howard — but he signed with the Miami Dolphins last week … leaving the number wide open.
“I think I’m gonna look good in 24,” Slay adds.
Slay is expecting to rock #24 for at least the next 3 years in Philly — since the Eagles made him the highest-paid CB in the league with a 3-year deal worth $50 million.
Oh, and in case you were wondering … the #8 jersey in Philly belongs to backup QB Kyle Lauletta. He got the number when he signed with the tea back in 2019.