Monday, August 31, 2015

Former PSU QB comes out of NFL retirement

Former Penn State quarterback Kerry Collins came out of retirement and signed with the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday. Collins, 38, retired in July.

Former PSU QB comes out of NFL retirement

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Former Penn State quarterback Kerry Collins came out of retirement and signed with the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday. Collins, 38, retired in July.

Colts president Bill Polian drafted Collins with the fifth pick in the 1995 draft when Polian was general manager of the Carolina Panthers. Colts coach Jim Caldwell was Penn State’s quarterbacks coach for Collins first two years with the Nittany Lions.

Collins passed for 5,304 yards at Penn State and led the 1994 team to an undefeated season and Rose Bowl victory against Oregon. He won the Maxwell Award given to the nation’s top player and the Davey O’Brien award for the nation’s best quarterback that year.

A 16-year NFL veteran, Collins last played for the Tennessee Titans but was a free agent when he retired earlier this summer. He will presumably be insurance in case Peyton Manning is not ready to start the season after undergoing neck surgery in the offseason.

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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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