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Nick Collins officially retires

Discussion in 'Packer Fan Forum' started by ivo610, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. ivo610

    ivo610 Cheesehead

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  2. cara murphy

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    meritorious player of the team. Best wishes for him.
     
  3. Green and Gold

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    He deserved to play much longer than he did. Thanks for the Super Bowl and everything else, Nick.
     
  4. TJV

    TJV Lifelong Packers Fanatic

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    Superlatives all around for Nick Collins: As a man, teammate, and great player.

    He was selected with the 51st pick of the 2005 draft – a pick acquired from New Orleans for CB Mike McKenzie. It was regarded as a reach by more than a few national pundits and there was some “howling” from Packers fans as well (particularly after Thompson had selected a QB in the first round who would “never play” for the Packers). In addition to Collins coming from little Bethune-Cookman, there were concerns about his mental aptitude. Before the draft the Packers sent their new secondary coach Joe Baker to determine whether or not Collins could learn the D. I remember reading Baker really went in depth with him and of course was satisfied with his aptitude. Collins wasn’t great as a rookie - few rookie safeties are - but he started all 16 games and recorded the most combined tackles of his career. The rest is history: He only missed 3 regular season games from his rookie year through 2010. He had fantastic range and developed great instincts. Three well-earned Pro Bowl appearances to finish his career. From just a football perspective, it’s not only that he will be missed, he’s still missed.
     
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  5. El Guapo

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    He may be lucky, that in 20 years he may be walking around better than if he'd kept on playing. Best of luck on the rest of your life. It's the hardest part!
     
  6. Bensalama21

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    One of my favorite players... I'll always remember him!
     
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  7. Zartan

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    What a shame he was really becoming something. Im glad he walked away before something he got injured even more.
     
  8. Leather&Lacy

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    Great player. He was well on his way to becoming the next Ed Reed. Reminded me of Reed in a lot of ways, too.
     
  9. Carl

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    Think he'll be in the Packer Hall of Fame?

    I'm leaning towards yes.
     
  10. longtimefan

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  11. HardRightEdge

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    There's something like 250 guys in the Packer HOF. A 3-time Pro Bowler should get in sooner or later.
     

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