QB Kerry Collins calls it quits after 16 seasons
Quarterback Kerry Collins, who played for five different teams during his career, is retiring after 16 NFL seasons. Collins leaves the league placing 29th on the all-time touchdown list and playing in two NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl before retiring with the Tennessee Titans.
Nashville, TN, United States
July 7, 2011 09:57 pm EDT
Sports, American Football, National Football League
Veteran quarterback Kerry Collins, who played for five different teams during his career, announced his retirement after 16 NFL seasons.
Collins leaves the game having played in two NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl before retiring with the Tennessee Titans.
The 38-year-old is ninth all-time in passes completed and threw for 40,441 yards, 11th all-time with 206 touchdowns with 195 interceptions.
Collins said he still feels the itch to play on Sunday's but the preparation for each season has taken its toll.
"After 16 fulfilling years of playing quarterback in the NFL, I am officially announcing my retirement from professional football," Collins said. "The past several months have brought on much introspection, and I have decided that while my desire to compete on Sundays is still and always will be there, my willingness to commit to the preparation necessary to play another season has waned to a level that I feel is no longer adequate to meet the demands of the position."
Collins has spent the last five seasons with Tennessee and became a free agent in March. Collins shared the quarterback job with Vince Young in his final season, suffering injuries to his middle finger and thumb. Collins took over for good after Young suffered a season-ending injury to his right thumb on Nov. 21.
“Kerry had a great NFL career and we have been very fortunate to have had him with our organization for the last five years," Tennessee coach Mike Munchak said. "I really enjoyed working with him. He was a true pro who loved the game. His work ethic and commitment were a great example to his teammates of what it took to be successful in this league.”
Drafted out of Penn State by the Carolina Panthers in 1995 and led the team to a championship run 1996. He later would lead the Giants to the Super Bowl in 2000.
Collins also contributed to the New Orleans Saints and the Oakland Raiders during his career.
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