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Pro Bowl recap: Allen and Smith perform, pay tribute to Kobe Bryant



The annual Pro Bowl was held Sunday afternoon, and both Josh Allen and Za’Darius Smith had impressive showings on the defensive end of the ball. The AFC once again defeated the NFC, winning by a final margin of 38-33.

Smith recorded two solo tackles, two sacks and an interception.

Meanwhile, Allen recorded two tackles and a sack for the AFC defense. The Jaguars’ rookie also recorded a blocked extra point during the third quarter of the contest.

Coverage of the game on ESPN was interrupted following news of Kobe Bryant’s tragic and shocking death. The news was just starting to unfold when the game was scheduled to kick-off, and several of the players honored the sports icon throughout the matchup.

Za’Darius Smith, alongside Shaq Barrett and Darius Slay, followed up a second-quarter sack with fadeaway jumpers to pay homage to Bryant. The former Wildcat did it again after a fumble in the third quarter.

After the game, Smith talked about the celebration and what it meant to him.

“It was a tribute to Kobe, man, him and his family. When we were in the locker, we were getting crunk and listening to music, and we actually found out what had happened and Russell Wilson called us up as a team and we said a prayer for him and his family… For everybody to participate as a team, I just hope that touched a lot of people in a special way.”

All of the game’s players, including the former Cats, went home with some extra money in the bank. AFC players earned $70,000 for winning the game and NFC players got $35,000 each, according to ESPN.


Article written by Maggie Davis

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