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Nick Collins announces retirement

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Former Packers safety Nick Collins announced his retirement on his verified Twitter account on Tuesday.

Collins’ Green Bay career ended because of a neck injury suffered in the club’s second regular season game of 2011. Collins, who underwent vertebrae fusion surgery, was released by Green Bay in April 2012. He has not appeared in an NFL game since.

Earlier this year, Collins had indicated he was willing to consider a return to football.

Collins’ ball skills were a major strength. A three-time Pro Bowler, Collins picked off 21 passes in regular season play for Green Bay from 2005 through 2011, and he scored the Packers’ second touchdown in their Super Bowl XLV victory over Pittsburgh on an interception return.

In his statement Tuesday, Collins thanked his “family, friends, and the Packer Nation for the love and support.”

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43 Responses to “Nick Collins announces retirement”
  1. grabgrabgrab says: Aug 19, 2014 9:37 PM

    Much love brother!!! He greatly aided the return of that 2010 championship to Green Bay.

    Without he and Woodson, the secondary hasn’t been quite the same since. I do believe however, that’s about to change this year.

  2. getoffline42 says: Aug 19, 2014 9:39 PM

    Hate to see your career cut short Nick da Quick. You were an amazing talent on your way to a hall of fame career. From a die hard packer fan, thank you and good luck on your future endeavors!!

  3. tokyofilthblaster says: Aug 19, 2014 9:42 PM

    Tremendous Packer. He leaves with a ring and an impeccable Superbowl legacy.

    Good luck Nick. You’ll always be welcome in Lambeau.

  4. acmepackers says: Aug 19, 2014 9:43 PM

    You’ve been sorely missed, Nick Collins. Thanks for your pick six in SB XLV.

  5. themeccalambeaufield says: Aug 19, 2014 9:43 PM

    To a great player and even better human being wish you the best in the future my man.

  6. sonofad says: Aug 19, 2014 9:43 PM

    Guess who has more Superbowl TD’s – Nick Collins or Adrian Peterson?

  7. shaggytoodle says: Aug 19, 2014 9:45 PM

    Packer fans appreciate all Collins did, and leaving it all out on the field.

    While the injury effected his career, hopefully it doesn’t effect day to day life for him.

  8. ariani1985 says: Aug 19, 2014 9:48 PM

    Poor guy had to play for that rancid roster of garbage on defense. By the time the ball was ever snapped it was already over. Poor defense in green Bay goes together like peanut butter and jam!

  9. filthymcfunny1 says: Aug 19, 2014 9:49 PM

    This guy was too good for the likes of greenbay, they show no gratitude at all!

  10. dethsupport says: Aug 19, 2014 9:50 PM

    The Packers organization is synonymous with neck injuries.

  11. ishallcomment says: Aug 19, 2014 10:00 PM

    great career cut short.

  12. binkystevens says: Aug 19, 2014 10:05 PM

    Honestly, this guy was starting to put together a hall of fame career when that injury struck. Terrible timing, right in the prime of his career. So unfortunate, but he made the right call as a family man to retire. Lord knows he has enough money.

  13. nfcnorthchamps says: Aug 19, 2014 10:07 PM

    Secondary hasn’t been the same without him. Such a great ball player. Good luck

  14. similis says: Aug 19, 2014 10:09 PM

    Good guy and a great player that they still haven’t been able to replace.

    Good luck in the future Nick!

  15. kidsamoa260 says: Aug 19, 2014 10:11 PM

    He knew what was coming opening Thursday night!

  16. contra74 says: Aug 19, 2014 10:12 PM

    Couldn’t get out of Green Bay fast enough. Hats off to him for finally getting out of there!

  17. aceakking says: Aug 19, 2014 10:30 PM

    The Packers were lucky that Bill Leavy wasn’t in Super Bowl XLV.

  18. beerbratscheese says: Aug 19, 2014 10:39 PM

    Enjoy your retirement Nick. You were forced to leave the game too early, but no one can’t say you didn’t leave your mark on the game. A class act and a true Packer in all respects. And yet another Packer player to retire with more Super Bowl rings than all Vikings’ rosters combined.

  19. milkcan44 says: Aug 19, 2014 10:44 PM

    Missed Collins’s and Woodson’s skills terribly in past few years.

  20. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 19, 2014 10:49 PM

    He will be missed, could have been a HOF career. Good luck, Nick!

  21. nicopenelope says: Aug 19, 2014 10:56 PM

    It’s no coincidence that since his injury that the Packers safety play has been lousy and has fewer interceptions. He was a great player. Best wishes and a healthy future to Nick and his family.

  22. wafflestomp says: Aug 19, 2014 11:04 PM

    We miss you Nick You were a true professional on and off the field.

    You will live forever in the hearts of Packer fans worldwide.

    Enjoy and relish what life has in store for you.

  23. theblackrook says: Aug 19, 2014 11:35 PM

    I’m proud he wore LeRoy Butlers number. He was a fantastic player that deserved better than to lose his career like that. But family comes first and your health. Bethune Cookman’s finest… a drink to you Nick.

  24. txbearmeat says: Aug 19, 2014 11:52 PM

    Nick. You were an All Pro. You’d have been the best safety in the game by now.

    But you won a Superbowl. You got a pick 6 in that game. You got your money in that 2nd contract. You have your health and your whole family’s health.

    Live it up.

  25. donnymacjack says: Aug 19, 2014 11:52 PM

    /salute

  26. packfntk says: Aug 20, 2014 12:11 AM

    Nick Da Pick- you were and always will be a great Packer. Thank you for your services and enjoy life buddy!

  27. respectgsh says: Aug 20, 2014 12:20 AM

    Good player, sad to see a guy have to leave after hurting his neck. Best wishes to Nick and his family.

  28. packerswin96 says: Aug 20, 2014 12:44 AM

    Would have been one of the best of all time. Good luck with your future Mr. Collins.

  29. jimmysee says: Aug 20, 2014 1:49 AM

    Thank you, Nick, for those great years in Green Bay.

    So far, you’ve been proven to be irreplaceable!

    :-)

  30. njpackerfan says: Aug 20, 2014 2:05 AM

    Good move. Live your life.

  31. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Aug 20, 2014 2:17 AM

    Great player who was probably on a HOF trajectory. It’s too bad his career was cut short due to an injury. One of the many great finds by Green Bay from the obscure college programs.

  32. randalpnaditch says: Aug 20, 2014 4:58 AM

    Great safety. Green Bay has not yet recovered from his departure. Best safety we have had since Leroy Butler. Thank you Nick, you will not be forgotten by this Packer fan.

  33. stellarperformance says: Aug 20, 2014 6:53 AM

    Jermichael, are you listening?

  34. ShimSham says: Aug 20, 2014 7:41 AM

    Had an amazing, albeit short, career, and was one of the best overall safeties in the league in 08,09 and 10. Hate we didn’t get to see what the rest of his career could have been.

  35. haaaaasoooooo says: Aug 20, 2014 8:26 AM

    The saddest words of tongue and pen, are these three words:
    It might’ve been!

  36. spyder9669 says: Aug 20, 2014 8:41 AM

    Good player.

  37. aa1829 says: Aug 20, 2014 8:54 AM

    An articulate, insightful, true pro, beloved by Packer Nation. He is also rather pudgy now, but thanks anyway for the opportunity to give you the credit you so richly deserve. Now what do you think of Ha Ha Mr. Collins?

  38. godofwine330 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:00 AM

    This is one of the greatest reasons that I am for the NFL players having guaranteed contracts. This man can’t play football again because of an injury sustained on the field. He was a great player. Players who have career ending injuries should at the very least receive 40% of their contracts. To have their career stopped mid-arc, that remaining salary would help them prepare for their remaining life.

  39. purpleguy says: Aug 20, 2014 10:08 AM

    Too bad — hope he had good disability insurance coverage.

  40. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Aug 20, 2014 1:39 PM

    Big Pack guy here. Was never really all that impressed with him as a player, but good luck to him and his family. GO PACK!!

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  41. deltaoracle says: Aug 20, 2014 4:04 PM

    Great player; wish him the best in the next phase of his life.

    Shame on the tiny, spiteful “people” who are unable to keep their vitriol in check and just skip over a story like this if they can’t act with some measure of grace, courtesy, and class.

  42. speicher145 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:09 PM

    The sterling sharpe of defense :(

  43. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Aug 26, 2014 12:49 AM

    Did he stay retired?

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