Landon Collins wore No. 21 with the Giants to honor Sean Taylor and now that he's with the Redskins, Collins wants to continue to do so if he gets permission from Taylor's family.
"I hope, that's big shoes to fill," the safety said at his introductory presser last week.
Clinton Portis, though, doesn't like the idea at all.
Portis, one of Taylor's closest friends and a longtime teammate of the beloved defensive back, has said in multiple interviews he has no interest in seeing Collins, or anyone for that matter, put on that jersey again.
"That's the one thing fans have to hold on to," Portis said while on 106.7 The Fan's Grant and Danny show. "I don't think he's going to be Sean Taylor. There is no next Sean."
"21, that’s sacred," he told The Athletic. "Why even play with people? Why even spark people’s memories? Retire that jersey."
During a recent poll on NBC Sports Washington's Redskins 100 that more than 2,000 fans participated in, 52 percent said they wouldn't want to see Collins don the uniform, while 48 percent approved.
Like Portis, JP Finlay thinks Collins should find another set of digits, too. He explained why on the Redskins Talk podcast:
Of course, the decision really comes down to how Taylor's family feels about it, and there's no doubting how much Collins would appreciate the chance to take the field with No. 21 on his back.
The fact that this is such a prominent discussion, though, shows how much Taylor means to the Redskins community. 21 isn't just a number when it's in burgundy and gold. In D.C. it means much, much more.
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