Announced yesterday, Kerry Collins will be retiring from the NFL after 16 seasons.
Collins stands 6’5″ and 248 lbs. Drafted with the 5th overall pick in the 1995 NFL Draft. From 1995-98 Collins would play in 35 games for the Carolina Panthers where he threw for 39 touchdowns and 54 interceptions. During his stay in Carolina, Collins would first privately and later publicly battle with alcoholism. He would go on to finish the 1998 season with the New Orleans Saints after the Panthers released him. With the Saints he threw 4 touchdowns and 7 interceptions in 7 games.
In 1999, Collins signed with the New York Giants as a free agent. Collins played in 71 games between 1999-2003. He threw 72 touchdowns and 60 interceptions. Collins was finally growing into his own as a player and then chose to sign with the Oakland Raiders where he played 29/32 games in two years. He would throw 41 touchdowns and 32 interceptions.
In 2006, Collins chose to go to the Tennessee Titans. As we know, this was his last stop. He threw 33 touchdowns and 29 interceptions. This gives Collins a career total of 206 touchdowns and 195 interceptions. Collins made the Pro Bowl in 1996 and 2008. He was also college quarterback of the year in 1994.
Collins presence will be missed on the Titans. His mentoring role with Vince Young certainly helped Young develop and it will always be argued what Young could have been if given the stability and support he deserved from his coaching staff. Collins did a lot for Young and while Collins was never the best player and certainly found a way to be interception-prone, he was always capable of leading the team and that’s how he will be remembered: capable but not flashy. Good luck in retirement, we all here Titan Sized wish you well, Kerry.