Panthers first-round pick Jaycee Horn to wear No. 8 in memory of Kobe Bryant

Florida v South Carolina
Getty Images

Panthers first-round draft pick Jaycee Horn will be taking advantage of the new rule that allows cornerbacks to wear single-digit jersey numbers.

Horn posted a picture of himself in a No. 8 Panthers jersey with the #RIPKobe hashtag, indicating he’ll wear No. 8 in memory of Kobe Bryant, who wore No. 8 at the start of his career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bryant changed jersey numbers during his career, as did Horn at South Carolina: Horn began his college career wearing the No. 7 Gamecocks jersey and then switched to No. 1 after Deebo Samuel, who had been wearing it, was drafted by the 49ers.

Backup quarterback Will Grier wears No. 7 for the Panthers, but the No. 1 jersey is available, and is popular in Carolina after Cam Newton wore it for many years. Horn will try to make No. 8 popular in Carolina as well.

12 responses to “Panthers first-round pick Jaycee Horn to wear No. 8 in memory of Kobe Bryant

  1. Thank god for this.
    What would we do without your selfless tribute, Jaycee?
    Da real MVP right there.

  2. Panthers are going to have a really young, really athletic defense this year. Team went from 31st ranked defense in 2019 to 18th last season. Adding a true shutdown corner should lead to another nice jump in rankings.

  3. That’s awesome. Kobe was a stud on and off the field, and a wonderful father. If one of my players wanted to emulate Kobe, he’d have my support. Ok Jaycee, now go out and have a HOF career.

  4. Thank god that we have a brave NFL prayer that is bringing awareness to a former NBA player!

  5. Thought it was a bit of a reach at number 8, but they don’t pay me for my armchair opinion. I think he’ll be a solid corner.

  6. I don’t know the guy, this made me wonder if they were close somehow? Hard to hate on a guy for this, just hope he has the game to make anyone actually care who he is trying to honor.

  7. What’s with all the sarcasm and nastiness in these comments? I don’t get it.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.