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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Kerry Collins to retire from NFL

From: Pro Sports Daily

Quarterback Kerry Collins will announce Thursday that he is retiring from the NFL, ESPN.com reported.

Collins, 38, has played 16 seasons, including the last five with the Tennessee Titans. He made the Pro Bowl as recently as after the 2008 season, when he threw for 2,676 yards and 12 TDs and led the Team to a 14-2 record.

Last season, Collins threw for 1,823 yards and 14 TDs in 10 games, filling in for Vince Young. He had lost his starting job to Young the previous year.

Collins was selected fifth overall in the 1995 draft by the Carolina Panthers and led them to the NFC championship game the following season. However, he was traded to New Orleans in 1998 and ordered by the NFL into alcohol rehabilitation.

In 1999, Collins latched on with the New York Giants and led them to the Super Bowl following the 2000 season, when he threw for 3,610 yards and 22 TDs.

Collins played five years for the Giants and two for Oakland before joining Tennessee. In all, he completed 3,439-of-6,163 passes for 40,441 yards, 206 TDs and 195 interceptions.

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