Landon Collins Honors Sean Taylor By Wearing No. 26

Today was Alabama’s Pro Day, a second chance for players to showcase their skills in a more familiar environment in front of scouts and NFL personnel.

Because of Alabama’s reputation and large crop of draft-ready prospects, Sportscenter was on-site there today interviewing players about their workouts and goals with just more than a month before teams make their picks.

Safety Landon Collins, who many project will be a first-round pick, naturally made it to the desk after pumping some bench presses.

He was asked why he wore No. 26 for the Crimson Tide.

“Sean Taylor, favorite player of all time," he said.

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If you’ve followed Collins (or even Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor for that matter) throughout this last season, you know Taylor, who wore No. 26 playing collegiatly in Miami, has long been his inspiration.

A native of New Orleans, Collins has said he was a Peyton Manning fan growing up but explained his closer affinity for the Redskins as a kid.

“My favorite team was the Redskins because I grew up a Clinton Portis and Sean Taylor fan,” Collins told several months ago. “So it’s always been the Redskins.”

In his only full season as a starter, Collins led the team in tackles (87) and was a unanimous All-American.

He was named a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Award (the nation’s best defensive player) and was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award (the nation’s best defensive back).

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