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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- As we have mentioned in this space before, New York Giants rookie safety Landon Collins is obsessed with the late Sean Taylor. Collins says he's modeled his game after Taylor's, that he cried when he heard the news of Taylor's death, that he cheered for Washington because that was Taylor's team and that he wore No. 26 in college because that's the number Taylor wore in college.
When Collins got to the Giants, they gave him No. 27. But he wanted 26, so he asked running back Orleans Darkwa for it.
"I guess Darkwa wanted too much," Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said Monday. "So he came to me. After he told me his story, I said, 'No problem.'"
Rodgers-Cromartie wore No. 21 last season, his first year with the Giants. As it happens, that's the number Sean Taylor wore in the NFL. So after he couldn't get No. 26, Collins decided to try for 21. He was happy he didn't have to pay for it.
"I know he's got that big contract," Collins said of Rodgers-Cromartie. "So I was hoping he wouldn't want money, because I'm just coming in."
Rodgers-Cromartie was fine switching to No. 41 and said he doesn't care which number he wears.
"It means a lot to me," Collins said. "So I'm very thankful he was so willing to give it up. It means a lot."
Dan Graziano | ESPN | June 8, 2015