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Cecil Collins could be out of prison soon

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His football career long since squandered, former Dolphins running back Cecil Collins may be regaining his freedom in the coming days.

According to Scott Branson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the former LSU star could be released this week.

Branson takes a comprehensive look at Collins’ college and pro career, which was long on potential and short on actual production and ultimately ended after he broke into the home of a woman he knew, because as Collins explained it he wanted to watch her sleep.

Last November, Collins reflected on his younger years in a refreshingly candid way.

I have no regrets, no grudges, none of that,” Collins said.  “What happened to me in that time saved my life.  I believe if I was left out there with that same mindset, I’d be dead or my life would be totally in shambles.  It made me grow so much and showed me how to be a man and to live and walk in life.  These 15 years they gave me, it seemed bad at first.  But I met the most beautiful woman in the world in prison.  I found God in prison.  I’ve come out of it much better than when I came in.”

Here’s hoping Collins’ example will help others who may walk the same path learn those same lessons while avoiding 15 years behind bars.  To make that happen, Collins should tell his story to anyone who will listen, and the media should help broadcast the message in the hopes that those who would benefit from it will hear it, and heed it.

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10 Responses to “Cecil Collins could be out of prison soon”
  1. alabamacowboy says: Jul 14, 2013 10:51 AM

    Man could this guy tote the rock. I was an 11 year old Auburn fan in 1997 when he ran for 230 yards against us. Being a young fan of the game I remember thinking he was the best RB I had ever seen. Sad to see him waste his talent, but I hope he can keep his nose clean for the rest of his life. He could’ve been great.

  2. thegonz13 says: Jul 14, 2013 11:07 AM

    In related news, Collins is said to have a tryout with the Bengals…

  3. bengalhoel says: Jul 14, 2013 11:41 AM

    He should not have his “story” broadcasted for anyone to hear. Im glad he got straightened out, but he shouldn’t be celebrated for it. Why, when people mess their life up so bad, do they then want everyone to hear their story and act like they accomplished something major? Congratulations! You overcome something that YOU created and now you are a regular part of society like everyone else.

    BTW.. The Bengals comments were getting old years ago.

  4. seanb20124 says: Jul 14, 2013 12:25 PM

    Sad story, hope he gets it together.

  5. damnsureis says: Jul 14, 2013 3:31 PM

    Bill Polian took him off the draft board.

  6. norvturnersneck says: Jul 14, 2013 6:07 PM

    Nice redemption story, and it should be celebrated.

  7. blackhawks2010 says: Jul 14, 2013 10:00 PM

    He met his wife in prison?

  8. joetoronto says: Jul 15, 2013 5:17 AM

    Mike Brown is waiting.

  9. zevo49 says: Jul 15, 2013 10:03 AM

    DOES HE HAVE ANY FOOTBALL LIFE LEFT IN HIM?

  10. phinfan says: Jul 15, 2013 5:55 PM

    This kid was cranking out 5.7 yards average in preseason… Sucks he went to jail

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