ESPN has reported that Kerry Collins will retire after 16 seasons in the NFL.
“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 released by his agent, David Dunn.
Collins ranks 9th all time in both completions and attempts, and is 29th all time in TD’s. He was the fifth overall selection out of Penn State in 1995 by the Carolina Panthers. During his career, he also played for the New Orleans Saints, New York Giants and the Oakland Raiders.
“I feel very fortunate to have played with and to have been coached by some of the greatest the game has ever seen. I feel especially fortunate to have played under some of the true patriarchs of the modern game: Joe Paterno, the late Wellington Mara, Al Davis and Bud Adams,” Collins said in the statement.
Despite his on the field success, Collins faced much controversy over his seemingly racial slurs. Problems surrounded Collins in New Orleans as well with a drunk driving arrest and a photograph of Collins stumbling down the street.
Vince Young, who faced a tough quarterback battle with Collins reached out to Collins via twitter Thursday.
“Respect to my boy Kerry Collins decision he made thanks for what u have taught me n the years we have played will b miss big 5,” Young tweeted.