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Kerry Michael Collins (born December 30, 1972 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania) is an American football quarterback for the Tennessee Titans of the NFL. He has played for the Oakland Raiders, New York Giants, New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers, playing in Super Bowl XXXV for New York.
Penn State and the NFL
Kerry Collins played collegiate football at Penn State University, where he earned numerous awards. As quarterback, he was named All American in 1994 by the Associated Press, United Press International, The Football News, Football Writers Association of America, Walter Camp and The Sporting News. Collins also captured two of college football’s major postseason prizes — the Maxwell Award, presented to the nation’s outstanding player, and the Davey O’Brien Award, which goes to the nation’s top quarterback. Collins finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy balloting that year. In addition, he was chosen UPI Back-of-the-Year and garnered Player-of-the-Year honors from ABC-TV/Chevrolet and the Big Ten Conference. Collins made a serious run at the NCAA season passing efficiency record, falling just four points short (172.8), the fourth-highest figure in NCAA annals. He broke Penn State season records for total offense (2,660), completions (176), passing yardage (2,679), completion percentage (66.7), yards per attempt (10.15) and passing efficiency (172.86). He had 14 consecutive completions at Minnesota, another Penn State record. Collins was the linchpin of an explosive offense that shattered 14 school records and led the nation in scoring (47.8 ppg.) and total offense (520.2 ypg.). With 5,304 career passing yards, Collins ranks No. 3 in Penn State annals and is one of only three quarterbacks to top 5,000 yards through the air. Through his passion and leadership, the 1994 Nittany Lions completed an undefeated season (the fifth under coach Joe Paterno), capped by a Rose Bowl championship over Oregon. His team was awarded the NCAA Division 1-A football championship by the New York Times and Jeff Sagarin.
Collins was selected as the Carolina Panthers' first pick (fifth overall) in the NFL Draft. He was the first player ever chosen by the Panthers, who entered the league that year. In his three seasons with the Panthers, he threw for 7,295 yards, 39 touchdowns and 49 interceptions. His completion percentage was 52.6% and his quarterback rating was 65.6. In his second season, he led the Panthers to the NFC Championship Game.
Battles with alcoholism
Before the 1997 season got underway, Collins' private battle with alcoholism started to make public headlines. Collins threw 21 interceptions during the 1997 season and the Panthers finished 7-9, just one season after advancing to the NFC Championship. Collins was placed on waivers by Carolina during the 1998 season and subsequently signed by the New Orleans Saints. On November 2, 1998 Collins was arrested for drunk driving in Charlotte, North Carolina. He finished the 1998 campaign in New Orleans and signed with the New York Giants as a free agent on February 19, 1999.
In a highly publicized incident, on the last night of Carolina Panthers training camp in 1997 Collins used the word n**ger in reference to African-American teammate Muhsin Muhammad while in a drunken state at a bar in Spartanburg, SC. Supposedly, Collins also inadvertently slurred offensive lineman Noberto Davidds-Garrido, who is of Hispanic descent. This resulted in Collins being punched in the eye by Davidds-Garrido. Collins has stated that in his intoxicated state he thought the use of the racial epithet would help him and his teammates bond. Collins claims he is not a racist, but to no one's surprise he was labeled a racist in the media for the event.
Not long after signing with New York, Collins decided to seek treatment for his alcoholism. He entered a rehabilitation clinic in Topeka, Kansas. No sooner did Collins get his personal life back on track than his professional career followed. Collins started the 1999 season as the Giants' second-string quarterback, but soon claimed the starting job. In the 2000 season Collins led the Giants to Super Bowl XXXV, where they lost to the Baltimore Ravens. After five seasons in New York, Collins was released by the Giants in 2004. The team had already signed former league MVP Kurt Warner and traded for 2004's #1 draft pick, Eli Manning. After his release, Collins signed a three-year, $16.82 million contract with the Oakland Raiders.
Collins began the 2004 season as the team's backup to Rich Gannon, but took over the starting role when Gannon suffered a neck injury in the third week of the regular season. Collins was the team's starting quarterback for the 2005 season, subsequent to Gannon's retirement.
The 2005 Raiders season started off well for Collins, but he was benched after a Week 13 loss to the San Diego Chargers. However, he regained his starting job two weeks later against the Cleveland Browns (a 9-7 loss at home). After two seasons and a 7-21 record with the Raiders, Collins was cut on March 10, 2006 in what was at least partially a move designed to free space with the salary cap.
On August 28, 2006, Collins agreed in principle, to a deal of unknown length and money as of yet with the Tennessee Titans. If he passes a physical from the team, Collins will make the Titans his fifth NFL franchise, and is expected to supplant current Titans quarterback Billy Volek, while first round draft pick of 2006, former Texas QB Vince Young, learns the Titans' offense.
Throughout his career, Collins has been one of the NFL's most charitable players. Immediately upon signing his rookie contract with the Carolina Panthers, he donated $250,000 to the Penn State athletic department to permanently endow the quarterback position. He has donated over 2 million dollars to charities such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Harlem Boys Choir. In 2001, Collins donated $120,000 to Manhattan's Ladder 5/Engine 24 Family Relief following the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center.
Through the KC for Kids Fund of the Kerry Collins Foundation, Collins has donated more than $500,000 for the renovation of the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, a children's unit within the NYU Medical Center. Previously Collins donated $100,000 to the Institute, to establish the Kerry M. Collins Computer Center and Classroom, with specially modified equipment for infirmed children.
During the 2005 season, Collins pledged $1,000 for every touchdown he threw and every game the Raiders won to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina relief fund. On March 24, 2006, Collins was honored by The Second Mile Foundation in recognition of his commitment to others.
It should also be noted that, while playing for the New Orleans Saints, he saved a baby from a burning car.Template:Fact
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(Normalized to 2005 environment)
Season Team Pos G Plays TAY NetPts Pts/Pl PAR PAR/G WARP -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1995 car qb 15 242.6 710.5 59.21 0.244 2.68 0.18 0.07 1996 car qb 13 207.8 994.0 82.83 0.399 34.42 2.65 0.86 1997 car qb 13 212.7 346.5 28.88 0.136 -20.68 -1.59 -0.52 1998 car qb 4 87.7 374.0 31.17 0.355 10.73 2.68 0.27 1998 nor qb 7 118.0 376.5 31.38 0.266 3.88 0.55 0.10 1999 nyg qb 10 177.6 804.5 67.04 0.377 25.66 2.57 0.64 2000 nyg qb 16 300.3 1479.0 123.25 0.410 53.28 3.33 1.33 2001 nyg qb 16 320.3 1465.0 122.08 0.381 47.45 2.97 1.19 2002 nyg qb 16 304.5 1525.0 127.08 0.417 56.13 3.51 1.40 2003 nyg qb 13 266.5 1099.0 91.58 0.344 29.49 2.27 0.74 2004 rai qb 14 274.2 1062.5 88.54 0.323 24.65 1.76 0.62 2005 rai qb 15 300.5 1547.5 128.96 0.429 58.94 3.93 1.47 2006 oti qb 4 45.0 38.0 3.17 0.070 -7.32 -1.83 -0.18 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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