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Irsay calls Collie “a warrior and an inspiration” as Colts say goodbye

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The Colts are saying goodbye to Austin Collie, a wide receiver who showed great promise early in his career but faces an uncertain future because of multiple injuries.

“Austin was a warrior and an inspiration for the franchise and Colts fans around the world,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said in a statement. “He was a great player for us and a superstar for our community, and will always be a part of the Colts family.”

A 2009 fourth-round draft pick of the Colts, Collie made an immediate impact: Although 18 wide receivers were drafted ahead of him, he led all rookies that year
with seven receiving touchdowns and tied with Percy Harvin for the rookie lead with 60 catches.

But concussions began to plague him in 2010 and have remained an issue since then, and in 2012 he caught just one pass before suffering a season-ending torn patellar tendon.

It’s unclear what the future holds for the 27-year-old Collie, but his future will not be in Indianapolis.

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23 Responses to “Irsay calls Collie “a warrior and an inspiration” as Colts say goodbye”
  1. themagicman1223 says: Feb 16, 2013 1:07 PM

    This is why some of these athletes need to put most of the money they make aside 1 bad injury and their career is pretty much over.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 16, 2013 1:10 PM

    “Having to do this hurts me a lot more than it hurts you”. The fourth great lie.

  3. hoosiercolts says: Feb 16, 2013 1:13 PM

    It sucks that injuries ruined his career. He was the steal of that draft and was headed to a very good career.

  4. skoobyfl says: Feb 16, 2013 1:13 PM

    One bad thing happens to you & your life is over, not just your career.

  5. nfl4days says: Feb 16, 2013 1:14 PM

    Jahvid Best, Johnny Knox, now Austin collie. All promising you stars who were blindsided with injury. I wish them all healthy lives and they can pursue their next careers with great success.

  6. blindzebras says: Feb 16, 2013 1:15 PM

    Good luck to you Austin. Man has the heart and talent for the NFL but not the body. Take this opportunity to leave the game enjoy life with your family while you still can. You can always try coaching if you still want to be a part of the game.

  7. rocketcrab says: Feb 16, 2013 1:23 PM

    Warriors have things like “U.S. Navy”, “USMC”, “U.S. Army” or “U.S. Air Force” behind their names, not “WR, Indianapolis Colts” Jimbo. I do feel bad for Collie though.

  8. bartlettruss says: Feb 16, 2013 1:27 PM

    Irsay has a lot of good things to say about the people he stabs in the back.

  9. jerlee7 says: Feb 16, 2013 1:29 PM

    Thank you Peyton for throwing him into concussion hits.

  10. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Feb 16, 2013 1:30 PM

    “Jahvid Best, Johnny Knox, now Austin collie. All promising you stars who were blindsided with injury. I wish them all healthy lives and they can pursue their next careers with great success.”

    This is exactly why these athletes need to take advantage of the free education they get in exchange for playing. Pro careers only last so long and most never earn enough to never work again. Go to class and use the system back just as it uses you.

  11. heisthejuan says: Feb 16, 2013 1:48 PM

    A guy I worked with went to high school with Collie. He told me that one time the team went over to Austin’s house to watch film, but when Collie put in the tape and hit play it was a homemade porn of his parents. Oops.

  12. lroc20 says: Feb 16, 2013 1:49 PM

    Warriors have things like “U.S. Navy”, “USMC”, “U.S. Army” or “U.S. Air Force” behind their names, not “WR, Indianapolis Colts” Jimbo. I do feel bad for Collie though.

    Good point but dont take it out of context. He was simply refering to him as a warrior on the football field. These men are modern day gladiators

  13. butchhickory says: Feb 16, 2013 2:05 PM

    There are Colts fans in Indy. There are Colts fans even in Baltimore, and even some around the USA. But around the world ???
    Thats the epitome of hyperbole.

  14. raiderlyfe510 says: Feb 16, 2013 2:11 PM

    What number is Collie going to wear for the Broncos?

  15. nfl4days says: Feb 16, 2013 2:19 PM

    You can always count on people in the army to put everyone else underneath there boots and act like nobody else’s army in the world feels the exact same way.

  16. doctorfootball says: Feb 16, 2013 2:30 PM

    Real nice, Irsay. “You’re a warrior and an inspiration”, now get the f!@# out!

  17. omniscient48 says: Feb 16, 2013 3:17 PM

    “He told me that one time the team went over to Austin’s house to watch film, but when Collie put in the tape and hit play it was a homemade porn of his parents.”

    Was it a film of two dogs?

  18. blowtorch1964 says: Feb 16, 2013 3:26 PM

    Collie only played in 9 games in 2010 but had the same production. 2011 should a significant drop but he played in all 16 games. 2012 was the knee, which was in September. I don’t think this guy is done.

  19. taxlaw26 says: Feb 16, 2013 3:42 PM

    Indianapolis Colts Bud Light Vendor, Craig, from section 317 is quitting to pursue an Assistant Manager opportunity at the Auto Barn in Muncie.

    “Craig was a great team player not only for the Colts, but for Indianapolis and the world.” Colts owner Jim Irsay said in a statement. “As a team we could not have had the success we did without him. And there’s no question the world would have fallen into a double dip recession without his presence.”

  20. jgava19 says: Feb 16, 2013 4:11 PM

    His career is over. Has a skull made of plaster.

  21. raiderapologist says: Feb 16, 2013 4:21 PM

    Warrior? Did Irsay get NCAI approval to use that term?

  22. bospat says: Feb 16, 2013 6:15 PM

    This could be you Sherman so shut your fave…

  23. thefiesty1 says: Feb 16, 2013 6:52 PM

    Then keep him or let him go to Denver and beat you in the playoffs.

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