Kerry Collins defined the ideal journeyman quarterback’s journey.
Across a 17-year career, Collins went from the first quarterback in Carolina Panthers history to NFL legend Peyton Manning’s initial replacement with the Indianapolis Colts.
It has been nearly a decade since Collins, who guided the New York Giants to a Super Bowl appearance, played his last NFL down. Where is the former Pro Bowl quarterback now?
Kerry Collins had a long NFL career
Although some could argue Kerry Collins didn’t live up to the expectations that came with the No. 5 overall pick, he nonetheless had a solid and lengthy career.
Collins began his career with the Carolina Panthers and completed 51.8% of his passes for 8,306 yards, 47 touchdowns, and 54 interceptions across 45 games and 42 starts.
The four years Collins spent in Carolina were a sign of things to come, as Collins never spent more than five seasons in any given city.
Collins completed 55.7% of his passes for 40,922 yards, 208 touchdowns, and 196 interceptions in his career. He also scored 10 rushing touchdowns, averaging less than two yards per carry for his career.
Collins became a journeyman in his later years
Kerry Collins and his family racked up plenty of frequent-flier mileage in his career.
Carolina cut Collins midway through the 1998 season as he struggled with alcoholism, and he closed the year in New Orleans.
Collins joined the New York Giants in 1999 and led them to an NFC championship in 2000, completing 58.8% of his passes for 3,610 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions.
Collins threw for nearly 17,000 yards, 81 touchdowns, and 70 interceptions in 71 games and 68 starts — 35 of which were wins — in five years with the Giants. After two losing years in Oakland, Collins signed with the Tennessee Titans in 2006 and spent the next two years backing up Vince Young.
Collins made two Pro Bowls, the second coming with the Tennessee Titans in 2008. After replacing Young early in the season, Collins completed 58.3% of his passes for 2,676 yards, 12 touchdowns, and seven interceptions.
Young regained his starting role midway through the 2009 season. Collins threw 14 touchdowns to eight interceptions in 10 games (seven starts) for the Titans in 2010.
The journeyman closed his career with two touchdowns in three games for the Colts in 2011, a year which Peyton Manning missed with a neck injury.
What is Kerry Collins up to now?
According to Spotrac, Kerry Collins made over $63 million in his career.
Nearly $22 million of that money came with the New York Giants. Collins earned an even $19 million in his five years on the Titans.
Collins hasn’t gone into coaching or broadcasting since retiring after the 2011 season. The New York Giants have included Collins in numerous digital features, from features to podcasts.
If football fans are eager to feel old, Collins turns 48 on December 30. Considering he played his final NFL game over nine years ago, that is crazy to think about.
Collins had nothing on Josh McCown, though. Not only is McCown now on his 10th NFL team, but the veteran gunslinger is also in his 18th season.
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