"I think there's a lot of love across the country," co-host Juan Williams said. "And it's not that, you know, he wasn't a perfect man ... But I just I think it's really touching how people have reacted to this because he was 41 years old. The idea that his daughter died was -- he was coaching his daughter. He really, I think, had changed his image for the better."
The helicopter carrying Bryant and the other victims crashed on a steep hillside in dense morning fog in Calabasas, Calif., about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
Williams and co-host Jesse Watters reflected on Bryant's competitiveness and desire.
"I'm an NBA fan, as are you Jesse. [He had a] 20-year career. Eighteen-time all-star," Williams said. "The intensity of him as a competitor comes through. That guy cared."
Fox Business Network's Dagen McDowell reflected on loss and the importance of sports icons to a community.
"Just having lost my mother, it is very raw and I think people feel that," McDowell reflected. "But it's a reminder of how a sports team or a transformative sports figure not only unites your family, but connects you to your friends, ties you to a community."
Co-host Dana Perino commended Bryant's dedication to his community and being a person fans and people could "look up to."
"He had really committed himself to being a person that people looked up to. And it is a reminder of the power of one person," Perino said. "If you commit to something, you can really make a big difference and he certainly did."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.