If you've followed any part of Giants safety Landon Collins' career (I wouldn't blame you if you stopped following after last year's NFL Draft), then you are aware that Redskins legendary safety Sean Taylor is a big part of it.
The Alabama product grew up a diehard fan, watching Taylor in his years at Miami and tenure with the Redskins. Leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft, Collins invoked Taylor's name at nearly every media stop he made, describing how he wanted to mimic his play and live up to his achievements on the field.
He even wore the No. 26 at Alabama (Taylor wore the same with the Hurricanes) and convinced Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to let him don No. 21 once he joined New York.
Now, the safety's connection with Taylor will live immortal thanks to this painting created by artist Jeff John, who took the image from Collins' Instagram.
"My favorite team was the Redskins because I grew up a Clinton Portis and Sean Taylor fan," Collins told Alabama.com before the draft. "So it's always been the Redskins."
The artist, a Redskins fan, also posted a time lapse of the painting and posted a few more Instagram photos of his progress with the painting along with some previous work of Taylor he had done in the past.
Taylor, who has posted plenty of photos to honor Taylor on his own Instagram, was asked about playing at FedExField, Taylor's home, when the Giants visited the Redskins in November.
"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 told Newsday. "It's going to be fantastic and it's going to be a dream come true to be on the field he played on."