The hashtag "Girl Dad" has been trending lately, after Sportscenter anchor Elle Duncan shared a touching story about Kobe Bryant following his tragic death on Sunday, saying Bryant told her how much he loved being a girl dad with his four daughters.
"I would have five more girls if I could," Duncan recalled Bryant saying. "I'm a girl dad."
Unfortunately, one of his daughters -- Gianna "Gigi" Bryant -- was also on that helicopter with him along with seven other victims. For Barkley, and many others with children, it was a tragedy that made him want to call his daughter to tell her he loved her.
And just like Bryant, he's proud to be a girl dad.
"Yes, I'm a girl dad," he told NFL Gameday with a smile. "Had me a little girl, Jada Clare Barkley. She's my everything, she's my world. Obviously, with the devastating event that happened with Kobe and Gigi, one of the first things that came to my mind was wanting to just pick up the phone and tell my daughter I love her because you never know when your time in this world, and you never know how long your life will be. So you definitely want to let the people that you [love] know that you love them. For me, that one special person to me is my daughter."
Bryant and Barkley may not have played the same sport professionally, but that "Mamba Mentality" that Bryant famously played with throughout his career is something Barkley tries to emulate in his own game.
"Big inspiration to me," he told The Post's Ryan Dunleavy while down in Miami for Super Bowl week. "Unfortunately I never got to meet him, but he had a big impact on me and the type of player I hopefully continue to be. I love everything he is about: The Mamba Mentality."
Barkley never met him, but Barkley was selected by UNINTERRUPTED to narrate their short "Dear Kobe..." that described how his Mamba Mentality would last forever. After tweeting it out, Barkley got an answer from Bryant saying "Love my brotha #yourturn #mambamentality"
That mentality wasn't something Bryant kept to himself, as he wanted his daughter to be thinking the same way at all times. Barkley called it "a relentless approach," and it's one he wishes supply Jada with as well.
"To be able to be a girl dad, to able to hopefully have that same mindset that Kobe had, that Kobe instilled in his daughters, hopefully I can do the same thing to my daughter and hopefully my daughters to come," Barkley said.