Super Bowl LIV holds Kobe Bryant tribute before kickoff

Players lined up on the 24-yard line to honor Bryant

The Super Bowl LIV pregame ceremony featured a tribute to NBA legend Kobe Bryant following a helicopter crash that killed him and eight other people last weekend.

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Prior to kickoff, NFL officials held a moment of silence for Bryant and the other victims, as well Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Chris Doleman, who died at age 58 last week following a bout with cancer. Members of the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs lined up on the 24-yard line in honor of Bryant, who wore that number during his NBA career.

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Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, were among the victims in the Jan. 26 accident. The helicopter crashed into a hillside amid foggy conditions in Calabasas, California. Bryant's triggered an outpouring of sadness in the sports world and beyond.

49ers cornerback Richard Sherman made a personal tribute to Bryant prior to the game. He wore Bryant's jersey while arriving at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

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San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders wears cheats honoring Kobe Bryant before Super Bowl 54. (AP Photo/Matt York)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed Bryant's death during his annual pre-Super Bowl press conference last Wednesday.

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"I did have the opportunity to meet him. He obviously brought a lot to our world and I think all of us not only feel for the tragic events to his family but as well as everyone else who was a passenger on that helicopter," Goodell said.

"It's hard to understand, and it's hard to process," he added.

Super Bowl LIV kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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