Kerry Collins, who led the Giants to Super Bowl XXXV in January 2001, announced his retirement from the NFL today. Collins played 16 seasons in the NFL - five with the New York Giants - and threw for 40,441 yards, 11th on the league's all-time list. In addition to the Giants, he played for the Panthers, Saints, Raiders, Ravens, and most recently, the Titans."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 today.
My greatest Kerry Collins memory took place on January 14, 2001, when the Giants beat the Vikings, 41-0, at Giants Stadium to win the NFC Championship. Collins threw five touchdown passes - and had 381 total passing yards - as Big Blue got on the scoreboard early and often, leading 34-0 at the half. Things just seemed so automatic for Collins and the Giants that day, and what made it even more special was having the great Pat Summerall calling the game on TV.