Landon Collins, fresh off signing a free agency deal for six-year, $84 million deal with the Washington Redskins, was given the welcoming gift of a lifetime from team majority owner Dan Snyder.
The safety, whose two favorite players growing up were Redskins Clinton Portis and Sean Taylor, posted a signed Sean Taylor jersey late Wednesday night on Instagram.
At his introductory press conference, Landon Collins explained how it all went down.
"We were sitting at dinner, and Mr. Snyder had a gift right there in the box," Collins said. Snyder asked him to wait for his mom and fiancée to arrive before opening it.
Collins said Snyder was "giving me all of his emotions and passions behind it, the story between him and Sean, telling me how he loved him as a son and saw him as everything."
"And when he told me it was a game-worn jersey signed by him in the box, [I] instantly broke down," Collins said.
Collins’ son Cam opened the box and pulled the jersey out for him. After many more tears, Ryan Anderson, Collins’ former teammate at Alabama, said "I should have told you what was in the box so you wouldn’t have cried."
Before getting picked by the New York Giants in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft, Collins said that he tries to emulate the late Redskins safety. He has since made multiple references to looking up to Taylor in many facets and Taylor is the reason Collins chose to wear #21.
In his rookie season with the Giants, Collins even looked forward to the opportunity to play at FedEx Field and bask in his idol’s memory.
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