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It Looks Like Nick Collins Still Wants to Play

Nick Collins

The Green Bay Packers have been a shit show at safety since they released three-time Pro Bowler Nick Collins after the 2011 season.

We won’t get into that, since we’ve pretty much drilled that topic into the ground. What we will say is it looks like Collins still wants to play.

There was this tweet a couple weeks ago.

Nick Collins

There was also this video, which Collins posted about a month ago.


A video posted by Nick Collins (@nickthepick36) on

Obviously, he’s still working out. Working out with hopes of getting another shot in the NFL.

Collins is still only 30 and a comeback after being away from the game for an extended period isn’t unheard of. The Packers brought Johnny Jolly back after three years away from football and he was their best defensive lineman not named Mike Daniels in 2013.

Still, Collins’ return seems like a long shot. And a longer shot with the Green Bay Packers. They deemed it too dangerous for him to continue playing football after he suffered a neck injury in September of 2011.

The feeling was, Collins could be paralyzed if he suffered a second, similar injury.

However, the team cleared another safety, Sean Richardson, to come back from a neck injury in 2013. Peyton Manning, who had a similar injury to Collins, set NFL passing yardage and touchdown records in 2013.

Then there’s tight end Jermichael Finley, who’s in the same neck injury boat. The Packers will have to make a decision on him this offseason.

We haven’t heard of any teams sniffing around Collins, but we wouldn’t be surprised if one at least gave him a medical evaluation.

Collins had 21 picks, 417 tackles, 63 pass deflections and four touchdowns in seven seasons (really, six) with the Packers.

Those were the days, huh?

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. douche baggins January 21, 2014

    He had that special on tv after that one game where he basically said when they were deciding whether or not he could play again that the xrays showed a chip out of his spine. That shits pretty serious BUT he also said after that he waited a few weeks and got another xray in Florida and the chip in his spine was no longer there. Its at least worth evaluating. Our safeties give shit a good name

  2. Phatgzus January 21, 2014

    On behalf of the Packers Organization-Welcome back, Nick! Here’s your number, starting position, and key to Lambeau, now let’s talk about that salary-vet min. With incentives that would at least triple it if you manage to play in 2/3 of the game. Good luck and a word of advice, if you’re about to take a helmet-to-helmet, try a roundhouse kick or just hit the deck like the rest of the secondary.

  3. Nacho dan January 21, 2014

    He’s probably goin nuts hangin with the wife and kids all day.

    1. ThePumaMan January 21, 2014

      Or maybe they’re going nuts hangin with him! ;-)

  4. Abe Frohman January 21, 2014

    sorry, but this is NOT the same issue as Richardson or Peyton. Yes it’s a fused vertebrae in the neck, but Collins’ is like C2 and the others were like C4.

  5. Kato January 21, 2014

    How screwed up is it the packers have had two high end players (Collins and Finley) suffer devastating neck injuries? On one team! Is there even another NFL team that has had one player of their caliber have a career ending neck injury?

    1. Cheese January 21, 2014

      It’s not recent but Sterling Sharpe too..

  6. NickDaPick, I Miss You... January 21, 2014

    No Comment.

  7. Cheese January 21, 2014

    If Collins comes back and it’s not for the Packers I’m gonna have Najeh take a dump on Ted Thompsons pillow.

  8. Dick Trickle "33" January 21, 2014

    We don’t need him. I heard they want to take another and even more extended look at MD Jennings.

  9. Najeh Davenportland January 22, 2014

    Man, our defense has not been the same since Nick the Pick went down. I love that dude. Wish I could see Ted bringing him back but I can’t. Might have to take a deuce on Teddy’s pillow cause I wouldn’t doubt he plays again somewhere.

  10. Vijay January 22, 2014

    Thanks for posting this McCheese!

  11. T Pack January 22, 2014

    I blame all these recent neck injuries on our medical & training staff.

    Yours truly