Friday marked the eight-year anniversary of Redskins safety Sean Taylor's tragic death. And though his absence has left a void for the team and its fans, his brief tenure in the NFL has since inspired a new generation of defensive backs who wish to emulate the fallen star's style of play.
That point will be made abundantly clear when the Giants visit FedEx Field this Sunday. New York's rookie safety Landon Collins -- who said during the draft process that he models his game after Taylor's -- will get the opportunity to be in his favorite player's home stadium for the first time in his career.
Collins told Newsday this week about how much he looks forward to playing on the same field as his idol once did:
"When I go out there and do warm-ups and stuff, I just want to look at the memory of him and his name up there and stuff like that," Collins said. "It's going to be fantastic and it's going to be a dream come true to be on the field he played on."
"That's every game, every game, especially playing on his field and his turf," Collins said. "That's definitely one of the keys for myself, for me to go to that field and do the same thing he did."
The 6-0, 228 pound rookie out of Alabama was selected by the Giants in the second round of this year's draft, and has logged 61 tackles and an interception in 10 games.