Thursday, July 7, 2011

Kerry Collins Retires from NFL/Titans

In what I'd consider a little bit of a surprising twist, Tennessee Titans QB Kerry Collins has announced his retirement from the NFL.

Surprising in that he's coming off a season where he took over for a benched Vince Young and had a pretty decent year:  in 10 games, he had 1,823 yards with 14 TDs and a QB rating of 82.3.  In the wake of Vince Young being removed from the team, and the drafting of rookie Jake Locker, Collins would have been expected to start at the beginning of the 2011-2012 season.

Perhaps he didn't want to spend his season mentoring another young QB who would eventually replace him.  Maybe Collins doesn't want to be with the Titans now that Jeff Fisher is gone.

In any case, looking back at Collins' career, it definitely had peaks and valleys.  The peaks would be being drafted 5th overall in the 1995 NFL draft by the Carolina Panthers and the 2000 season where he won the NY Giants starting job and then took the Giants to the Super Bowl (where they lost to the Baltimore Ravens).  The lowest point was probably his alcoholism that de-railed his career for a few years after 1997.

However, his career was filled with frequent benching for poor play and turnovers.  He played for the Panthers, Saints, Giants, Raiders, and Titans.  In his 15 seasons, he threw for 37,393  yards, 186 TDs, and 179 INTs.

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