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Kerry Collins Retires After 16 Seasons

Kerry Collins is expected to announce his retirement from the NFL today Tweets ESPN’s Adam Schefter. This comes as a bit of a surprise since all the most recent stories about Collins have been about his desire to return to the Titans for the 2011 season. Alas, the idea of battling Vince Young and Jake Locker for certain spots on the depth chart must not have been what Collins wanted in life. So the former Saint, Raider, Giant, Titan and Panther has thrown his last pass.

Kerry Collins debuted with the Carolina Panthers in 1995. Collins was the 5th pick in the draft in ’95 and went on to start 13 games that year for the 7-9 Panthers. In his second season, he took the Panthers all the way to the NFC Championship game where they lost to Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers.

Collins would go on to have a well-publicized battle with alcoholism before leading the Giants to the Super Bowl in 2000. He’s spent his last five seasons in Tennessee. Collins finishes his career having thrown and completed the 9th most passes in NFL history. Collins also made the Pro Bowl twice. First in 1996 with the Panthers and then 12 years later with the Titans.

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