Landon Collins knows how it feels to win a national championship with Alabama, but the former Crimson Tide star safety got to experience it in a much different way on Monday night.
The New York Giants standout was part of the “Homers” telecast airing on ESPN2, which featured Collins on the Tide’s sideline accompanied by Joe Tessitore and former Georgia QB Aaron Murray on the Bulldogs’ sideline with Adam Amin.
In the video below, you can see both players on screen during the game’s final play in which true freshman QB Tua Tagovailoa hit DeVonta Smith on the game-winning 41-yard TD pass in overtime.
Collins was overcome with emotion and left his post on the sideline with Tessitore to celebrate with the players.
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“That is game!” Collins repeatedly yelled before saying, “I’m going in!” Collins then joined Alabama’s players in the immediate aftermath of the thrilling finish.
Collins played three seasons at Tuscaloosa from 2012-14, being a part of the team’s BCS national title squad as a freshman when Alabama defeated Notre Dame 42-14.
He declared for the NFL draft after his junior season in 2014, being taken in the second round by the Giants. He made the NFL All-Rookie Team in 2015 before being a Pro Bowl selection each of the past two seasons. He was a First Team All-Pro in 2016.