32 Facts About Kerry Collins


Kerry Michael Collins was born on December 30,1972 and is an American former professional football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League for 17 seasons.


Kerry Collins played college football at Penn State, where he won the Maxwell Award, Davey O'Brien Award, and Sammy Baugh Trophy as a senior.


Kerry Collins saw less playing time amid his final three years in the NFL, retiring after the 2011 season.


Kerry Collins was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2018.


Kerry Collins attended Lebanon High School, until 1987, when he transferred to Wilson High School in West Lawn, Pennsylvania, and played football, basketball, and baseball for the Wilson Bulldogs.


Kerry Collins attended Pennsylvania State University, where he played for coach Joe Paterno's Penn State Nittany Lions football team from 1991 to 1994.


Kerry Collins finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy balloting that year.


Kerry Collins made a serious run at the NCAA season passing efficiency record, falling just four points short, the fourth-highest figure in NCAA annals.


Kerry Collins broke Penn State season records for total offense, completions, passing yardage, completion percentage, yards per attempt and passing efficiency.


Kerry Collins had 14 consecutive completions at Minnesota, another Penn State record.


Kerry Collins was selected as the Carolina Panthers' first round pick in the 1995 NFL Draft.


Kerry Collins later admitted that much of his erratic behavior was due to his struggles with alcoholism.


Kerry Collins held or shared four Panthers franchise records As of 2017:.


In 2002, Kerry Collins set the Giants' single season franchise passing record with 4,073 yards; this record was broken by Eli Manning in 2011.


Kerry 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.


Kerry Collins was the team's starting quarterback for the 2005 season, subsequent to Gannon's retirement.


Vince Young, who played extensively as a substitute in the second game, started the fourth through sixth games while Kerry Collins saw no playing time in any of them.


On September 21,2008, Kerry Collins became the 15th player in NFL history to pass for more than 35,000 yards.


On his ninth completion of 13 attempts, Kerry Collins completed a 17-yard pass to Justin McCareins to give him 107 yards on the day and 35,017 yards for his career.


Kerry Collins indicated after the season that he would like to play in 2009, but only as a starter.


Kerry Collins replaced Jets quarterback Brett Favre in the 2009 Pro Bowl, after first alternate Philip Rivers pulled out.


Kerry Collins re-signed with the Titans on February 27,2009.


Kerry Collins returned as the team's starting quarterback for the beginning of the 2009 season.


Kerry Collins officially announced his retirement from the NFL on July 7,2011.


Kerry Collins was signed as insurance for Peyton Manning, who was recovering from offseason neck surgery.


On October 25,2011, the Colts placed Kerry Collins on injured reserve due to a concussion, ending his season.


Kerry Collins was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 26th round of the 1990 MLB draft, but opted to attend Penn State.


Kerry Collins was again selected in the 48th round of the 1994 amateur draft by the Toronto Blue Jays but again did not sign.


Kerry Collins is married to Brooke Isenhour, whom he met at a George Strait concert in 2000.


On November 2,1998, Kerry Collins was arrested for drunk driving in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Kerry Collins finished the 1998 season in New Orleans and signed with the New York Giants as a free agent on February 19,1999.


Not long before signing with New York, Kerry Collins decided to seek treatment for his alcoholism.