Julian Edelman is one of millions of NBA fans who support a unique tribute to Kobe Bryant.
The New England Patriots wide receiver on Tuesday joined the #ChangeTheLogo movement asking the NBA to change its iconic logo from a silhouette of Los Angeles Lakers legend Jerry West to Bryant, who was killed Sunday along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash.
Edelman is hardly alone; an fan started a petition Monday on Change.org to make Bryant the new NBA logo, and it has received more than 1.7 million signatures of support.
"With the untimely and unexpected passing of the great Kobe Bryant please sign this petition in an attempt to immortalize him forever as the new NBA Logo," the petition reads.
Edelman joins rapper Snoop Dogg and longtime NBA guard Jamal Crawford among many athletes and celebrities who back this cause.
A post shared by snoopdogg (@snoopdogg) on Jan 27, 2020 at 3:57pm PST
Kobe has to be the new NBA logo.....
— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) January 27, 2020
The NBA has yet to address the petition, so it's unclear whether the league will change a logo it has used since 1971.
What is clear is that Bryant's death was felt far beyond the basketball community and is inspiring everyone to think of ways to memorialize his life.
Julian Edelman joins movement to change NBA logo to Kobe Bryant originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston