The 2020 offseason has been once of many changes for the Washington Football Team.
Organizationally, longtime members such as team president Bruce Allen, athletic trainer Larry Hess, personnel execs Larry Santos and Richard Mann II and team radio voice Larry Michael all are no longer with the franchise for various reasons. The team has brought in head coach Ron Rivera as the main guy to attempt to change the culture.
However, arguably the biggest change in Ashburn this offseason was the retirement of the team's old moniker and logo after pressure to do so from multiple sponsors. The club temporarily rebranded as the Washington Football Team for the 2020 season, with changes coming in almost every marketing aspect, including the uniforms.
With a new logo and temporary uniforms, there's one question that remains for many of the players: what are they going to do with the old gear? For safety Landon Collins, his answer was easy.
"I keep that. That’s like what you pass down," Collins told reporters via Zoom on Tuesday. "It’s like I used to play for the Redskins and now I play for the Washington Football Team and then I’m going to play for a different name in the future. I keep it to pass it down."
Collins grew up a fan of the Washington Football Team. He idolized the late former Washington safety Sean Taylor, and wore his No. 21 at both the University of Alabama and with the New York Giants.
Last March, Collins signed a lucrative six-year, $84 million deal with Washington, allowing the safety to play for the same team that his idol once starred for.
All of those factors are part of the reason why the former moniker holds a special meaning to the safety, and why Collins has no plans to give up his old gear anytime soon.
"That’s like stuff you just hold onto forever because you can always say, 'I played for this team.,'" Collins said. "It’s always something that’s close to me because I was a Redskins fan."
While he did have an affinity for the former team name, the safety understands why the club decided to change it, too.
Entering his second season with the Burgundy and Gold, Collins is welcoming the opportunity to play for the Football Team as they usher in a new era of Washington football.
"It’s kind of cool to get to change the name, I guess," Collins said. "I can’t really put my finger on it, but it’s cool. Just a new era, I’d say."