Former Giants Quarterback, Super Bowl XXXV Goat Kerry Collins Retires

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Former Giants quarterback Kerry Collins is retiring from the NFL after 16 seasons in the league, his agent announced Thursday.

“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 said in a statement.

As a starter, Collins lead his team to the playoffs four times, including a Super Bowl XXXV appearance with the Giants in the 2000 season. Collins was intercepted four times in the 34-7 loss to Baltimore.

In one of the worst losses in Giants history, Collins completed 15 of 39 passes for 112 yards and a dismal passer rating of 7.1.

In his statement, Collins said he was fortunate to have played for late Giants co-owner Wellington Mara, longtime Penn State coach Joe Paterno, Raiders owner Al Davis and Titans owner Bud Adams.

“I would like to thank all of those coaches, players and other team personnel along the way who have shaped me both personally and professionally,” Collins said. “I want to wish Mike Munchak and the Tennessee Titans the best of luck in the future. I have had a fantastic five years here, and my family and I look forward to remaining part of the Middle Tennessee community that has been extremely gracious towards us and an honor to play for.”

Collins, 38, was facing free agency after his contract expired in March, though he said as recently as last month that he still wanted to play. Tennessee has said it plans to trade or release quarterback Vince Young after the NFL lockout ends, which would leave just this year’s eighth-overall draft pick, Jake Locker, and Rusty Smith, a sixth-round pick in last year’s draft, on the roster at the position.

Collins shared the stage with Young in his final season despite 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, though the Titans only won one of their final six games.

“Kerry had a great NFL career and we have been very fortunate to have had him with our organization for the last five years,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said in a statement. “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.”

In 195 career games, Collins maintained a 55.8 completion percentage and threw for 40,441 yards, 206 touchdowns and 195 interceptions.

He was the fifth overall pick by the Carolina Panthers in the 1995 NFL draft after playing at Penn State. He also played for the New Orleans Saints and Oakland Raiders.

What was your clearest memory from the Collins years in New York? Sound off in the comments below…

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  • Kai

    This article is garbage. Collins was no goat. That Raven defense was one of the best alongside the 85 Bears. If anything, these Giants were Jim and Tiki’s team which says all you need to know about the SB loss and that season. Despite not living up to NFL expectations, Fassel and the Giants wasted Ron Dayne, who should have had a few carries or at least one series of plays in the SB. Dayne looked decent in Houston for a couple of years when he was actually given a legit chance to play.

  • Marwan

    WFAN should at least put a name to the article with the dumb headline. How cowardly and weak is that? Accountability: look it up.

    P.S. If anyone should be remembered as a goat for that game it should be Fassel, who came up with that abysmal game plan. Ask Amani Toomer what he thinks of Fassel’s approach to that game if you don’t believe me.

  • Tim

    Goat?? What a horrible headline, nobody remembers Collins as a goat. That’s what you get when you have a junior writer putting a story together.

  • Aaron

    “Super Bowl XXXV Goat”? Really? That Ravens defense may have been the best of all time. Any QB that went against them looked terrible. Collins should get credit for leading to the Super Bowl a team nobody thought could get there.

    • John

      I agree Aaron. Kerry Collins had a very good career and had a good run with the Giants. He played very well the season he took them to the Super Bowl. What a jerk whoever wrote this article, to title the article as Collins being the goat in the Super Bowl.

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