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Collie says he “always knew” he was going to come back

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Colts receiver Austin Collie says he never considered walking away from football after his multiple scary concussion scares last year.

“I don’t think for me there really was a decision,” Collie told Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star. “I didn’t even entertain the thought of not coming back. I think the media made their own stories as far as what I was going to do.”

We’re honestly not sure what media reported Collie was considering retirement. ¬†Everything we’ve read this offseason about Collie and his future has been positive. ¬†Collie says he’s experienced no post-concussion symptoms.

As Colts vice chairman Bill Polian pointed out in February, though, this isn’t like returning from a normal injury.

“I don’t know if you can say that [Collie is back] until he gets on the field and actually plays,” Polian said. “Thus far, all the signs are positive.”

Collie is one of two big medical question marks at wide receiver with the Colts, with Anthony Gonzalez seemingly far less trustworthy at this point to stay healthy.

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22 Responses to “Collie says he “always knew” he was going to come back”
  1. commandercornpone says: May 29, 2011 6:57 PM

    anthony glassalez? too fragile to play.

  2. skoobyfl says: May 29, 2011 7:01 PM

    Peyton hangs another pass & bang……Ambulance / fine.

  3. imsmartandyouarenot says: May 29, 2011 7:07 PM

    He should have kicked Manning’s arse for leading him out to get drilled so many times

  4. firerogergoodell says: May 29, 2011 7:27 PM

    Take it from someone who is unbiased and lives in Indianapolis. This guy is the most overrated player in the NFL. Peyton Manning makes every receiver on the Colts into an all-star. Look at Blair White and Jacob Tamme. I hope he comes back healthy, but if he doesn’t, he has tons of guys that could easily replace him. If you can catch a football and run a sub 5 second forty time, you can play receiver for the Colts.

  5. leftysmoke says: May 29, 2011 7:52 PM

    It’s not about “hanging passes” from Manning… If you were at the Jag’s game, which I was, the pass that Collie concussed on was absolutely perfect. As was the pass during the Eagle’s game. He’s a slot receiver and hits the middle HARD. Manning simply puts the ball where he has to and Collie gets it. The guy is the best slot receiver in the NFL, as far as I’m concerned.

    “According to PFF’s ranking system (which is not perfect or objective, but a system worth discussing), Collie ranks 14th in the entire NFL drops percentage. 64 ‘catchable’ balls were thrown to Collie, and he only dropped 4 of them for a 6.45% drop percentage. If you look at Collie catch percentage in 2010, it was INSANE! He caught 82% of the balls thrown at him.”

    He’s a vital piece to our offense. I’m glad he has this mentality and to put it simply, hopefully his brain is healthy. The guy has all the heart in the world and some amazing talent.

    GO COLTS!

  6. todaysfishandchips says: May 29, 2011 8:01 PM

    Austin Collie. The Kenny McCormack of the NFL.

  7. stoutfiles says: May 29, 2011 8:32 PM

    Of course he isn’t going to retire. Nobody wants to work at McDonalds if they don’t have to.

  8. firerogergoodell says: May 29, 2011 8:34 PM

    Oh my god that’s why Colts fans drive me nuts. Living in Indy is painful as a non-Colts fan. Best slot receiver in the NFL!? What are you smoking?

  9. redbear18 says: May 29, 2011 8:58 PM

    It sounds like this Roger goodell lover is jealous. I wouldn’t put collie at the top of that list, but he’s up there. Maybe top 5.

  10. norcalraider510 says: May 29, 2011 9:47 PM

    this guy got killed last year

  11. beastofeden says: May 29, 2011 10:30 PM

    http://sportsillustrated.asia/vault/article/magazine/MAG1184835/index.htm

    This article throws out the retiring idea. I heard it also, that Collie should retire, but i didnt hear he was considering it.

  12. imsmartandyouarenot says: May 29, 2011 10:33 PM

    @leftysmoke

    Thank you for the info and statistics Mr. Manning

  13. kpweaver27 says: May 29, 2011 10:40 PM

    To firerogergoodell

    Since you refuted his point without countering it, I’m going to illustrate something to you. Here are some slot receivers based on estimations (so no posts telling me a different guy is your teams slot guy.)
    AFC
    BUF Roscoe Parrish MIA Davone Bess NE Julian Edelman NYJ Brad Smith BAL TJ Houshmanzadeh CIN Jordan Shipley CLE Josh Cribbs PIT Antwaan Randle El HOU Jacoby Jones JAX Jason Hill TEN Justin Gage DEN Eddie Royal KC Dexter McCluster OAK Jacoby Ford SD Patrick Crayton
    NFC
    DAL Roy Williams NYG Mario Manningham PHI Jason Avant WAS Roydell Williams CHI Earl Bennett DET Bryant Johnson GB James Jones MIN Greg Camarillo ATL Michael Jenkins CAR Brandon LaFell NO Robert Meachem TB Sammie Stroughter ARI Early Doucet SF Ted Ginn Jr. SEA Deon Butler STL Brandon Gibson

    Whew. Okay. Find me three even in the same class as Collie as far as production there. The best of the bunch is Jordan Shipley (all potential), James Jones (has the dropsies), Jacoby Ford (an undervalued but still young speedster), Mario Manningham (seemed to regress last year), and Robert Meachem (inconsistent). So, yes. Austin Collie when healthy (admittedly a question) is the best slot receiver in the league, pretty much hands down. I won’t bore you with the stats, you can check them on your own, but his catch rate, yards after catch, receptions, and almost everything else is terrific.

  14. nedhigginssports says: May 29, 2011 11:28 PM

    I don’t know how guys like Collie don’t look at former Eagles/Pats RB Kevin Turner and think long and hard. I certainly can’t fault someone for craving the money, fame and accomplishment that come with playing in the NFL, but at what price? If I knew my body would start to fall apart and I’d get dementia in my early 40′s I don’t know if any amount of money would be worth it.

  15. ygkr85 says: May 29, 2011 11:55 PM

    Thanks for finding that SI article @Beastofeden

    I found the Collie concussion hits after reading the article and totally understand why people were speculating his situation should warrant retirement consideration. Those two massive head collisions occurred within 2 months of one another. I don’t care how positive his agent, his manager and his PR staff is– he needs to be damn careful. I know this is is livelihood, but his life is more valuable.

  16. moochzilla says: May 30, 2011 12:44 AM

    Yeah, more proof that the players are all about the money!

    I wish they were more like you people, in the “real business world” crying like children because you can’t get out at noon on Good Friday and wasting time posting on this site when you should be working…like the ‘good company people’ you demand the players be!

  17. thetooloftools says: May 30, 2011 6:59 AM

    Lassie come home what?

  18. NFL Football Now says: May 30, 2011 7:52 AM

    kpweaver27, Welker

  19. Spencer says: May 30, 2011 8:09 AM

    Hope he has a better season. He went through it last year.

  20. kpweaver27 says: May 30, 2011 9:11 AM

    @NFL Football Now

    There’s no way I can call Welker the slot receiver anymore. Maybe its my old fashioned definitions, but the slot receiver is out there only when there are 2 other receivers. He is the 3rd receiver, which doesn’t always mean he is the 3rd in the depth chart, but Welker is the #1 target for Brady now. Julian Edelman is, and really has been, the slot guy.

    Although its pretty ironic to me, because Welker and Collie are strikingly similar stylistically eh? The Colts just have Wayne and Garcon to line up outside.

  21. barnes28 says: May 30, 2011 11:28 AM

    @ kpweaver27

    You mentioned Greg Camarillo as the Vikes slot. Its actually Percy Harvin ( moved out of slot due to the Sidney Rice injury for a bit last yr). Slot is Percy ‘s natural position and I’m positive lots of people would take him over Collie hands down.

  22. kpweaver27 says: May 30, 2011 7:46 PM

    @barnes28

    Well, Sidney Rice is unlikely to return to the team, which pretty much makes Harvin the #1 receiver on the team. Again, your definition of a slot receiver and mine might differ, but you can’t be the teams first option and be a slot guy to me. Having said that, Harvin’s migraine issues have caused him to miss time too, so it is an interesting comparison there.

    Harvin 2010 14 GP, 71 rec, 868 yards, 12.2 avg, 5 TD (5.07 catches per game, 62 yards per game)

    Collie 2010 9 GP, 58 rec, 649 yards, 11.2 avg, 8 TD (6.44 catches per game, 72 yards per game)

    I know Harvin adds in some running statistics, but again, Harvin had 71 receptions with little competition. Shiancoe had 47, Peterson had 36, and Berrian had 28. Not a lot of fight for those passes.

    Collie meanwhile posted slightly better statistics as a healthy fourth option behind Wayne (111), Garcon (67), and Clark (37 before IR, but then Jacob Tamme added 67 himself.)

    Assuming Sidney Rice leaves, which seems moot to me, Harvin won’t be a slot guy which is why I listed Camarillo in there. Natural position aside, the #1 target is not what this conversation is targeting.

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