By Jesse Sarles

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – Safety Justin Simmons and his wife welcomed their second child over the weekend, and it was another girl. When reporters asked him about it after Broncos practice on Wednesday, he brought up the late Kobe Bryant, who had daughters like him.

“Being a girl dad is the best,” Simmons said, referring to Bryant’s prideful phrase that became popular after his tragic death.

“I think I really — I loved my daughter before the unfortunate passing of Kobe, but then I think I just dove into his perspective on — people were asking him, ‘Well what about a boy?’ Kobe was my sports idol growing up, so I just look back at those interviews.”

Bryant was asked by an ESPN reporter once if he would have more children in the future. “I would have five more girls if I could,” Bryant told her. “I’m a girl dad.”

A pedestrian adjusts her facemask walking past a mural of the late Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna by artist @Sloe_Motions in Los Angeles, California on January 25, 2021, a day before the one-year anniversary of the tragic helicopter crash which led to the death of nine people, including Bryant and his daughter. - Murals of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna can be seen on walls across Southern California.

A pedestrian adjusts her facemask walking past a mural of the late Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna by artist @Sloe_Motions in Los Angeles on Jan. 25, a day before the one-year anniversary of the tragic helicopter crash which led to the death of nine people, including Bryant and his daughter. – Murals of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna can be seen on walls across Southern California. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

Simmons said he idolized Bryant long before becoming a parent, but his appreciation for the basketball legend is now deeper.

“I already loved my daughter, but then it really hit me (that) there’s something about investing as a dad and as a man into your daughter’s life. It’s just such a special bond. Something that is so sacred and it’s cherishing.”

Simmons says he feels “blessed beyond measure” to be a dad to daughters.

He finished his comments about fatherhood by giving a shout out to his wife Taryn.

“I’m just hoping they can be half the woman their mom is. Then they’ll be okay,” he said.

Jesse Sarles