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.