After finishing in third for NFL Defensive Player of the Year award last season, Giants safety Landon Collins wants to take home the prize this year, he told the New York Daily News.
"It's a dream of mine. It's a goal of mine," Collins said "I was shut out of it in college. I was mad about that, with the Thorpe Award. They gave it to some kid, wherever he came from, and I don't think he's doing nothing now in the league. I rightfully should have won it then, and at the same time I feel like I was robbed last year."
On Sunday, Tyrann Mathieu of the Arizona Cardinals took to Twitter to call out Collins, who has fired back with his words both on and off social media.
"A reporter tweeted both of us and he was really giving us both props at the same time, telling Honey Badger that he has somebody - because he says he's the best safety - chasing after his position," Collins said. "I didn't think any of it, didn't retweet it, but Honey Badger saw the tag and he tweeted both of us saying: "Man, please." He deleted [the tweet]. But I took offense to it, saying what he said like I'm not gonna take his spot (or) I'm not someone he thinks is close to him. So I was like, cool."
With the Giants last year, Collins recorded 125 tackles, five interceptions and four sacks while playing in all 16 games. Collins is confident all eyes will be upon him this season as he proves his worth to the league.
"Now that I'm in their head," Collins said, "they're definitely gonna be watching me."