When the Packers decided to part ways with safety Nick Collins this offseason, Collins wasn’t sure whether or not he would try to continue his career.
It seems that his decision-making process has come to an end and that his choice is to no longer pursue a professional football career. Collins’ agent Alan Herman spoke to Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com and said that doctors have advised Collins to put an end to his football career. Collins had been working out in Florida in hopes of catching a team’s eye, but, per LaCanfora, the doctors’ recommendations have “effectively ended the process.”
Collins had cervical neck fusion surgery last year after he suffered a herniated disc and did not play after the second week of the season. When the Packers released him, both General Manager Ted Thompson and Herman said that they would advise a family member with a similar injury to stop playing football.
If this is the end of Collins’ career, he ends it with seven years under his belt and three Pro Bowl nods. He also had 21 career interceptions, four of which he returned for touchdowns, and he won a Super Bowl ring after the 2010 season.
UPDATE 7:14 p.m. ET: Collins took issue with LaCanfora (and, presumably, his agent) on Twitter Friday.
There's no true that story.. I haven't said anything yet.... Always Positive Grind36—
Nick Collins (@nickthepick36) September 28, 2012