The Orlando Sentinel has a nice profile of former Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins, who finally seems at ease with the way his playing days ended.
Collins, whose career was ended by a neck injury two games into the 2011 season, now lives in Winter Garden, Florida with his wife and FIVE(!) kids. He coached defensive backs at Ocala Trinity Catholic High School in 2016, his first such job.
The best part of the article is this, however.
Nick Collins wanted nothing to do with the Lambeau Leap.
“I didn’t want to go back up there,’’ Collins said. “It’s kind of crazy when you jump up there with the fans. You don’t know what they are going to do to you.’’
Apparently, you guys can’t keep your hands off the Packers’ junk.
I had to look it up because, unlike the Packers’ current group of safeties, Collins was actually a ball hawk. He had five regular season return touchdowns in his career (four picks and one fumble). Only two of those came at Lambeau Field — a pick in 2008 and the fumble recovery in 2010.
Did Collins do the Leap in 2010?
I can’t seem to find footage of that play anywhere, but if he did, he obviously did so reluctantly.
I was at the game in 2010 when Collins scored on the fumble recovery. It happened against the Cowboys on a kickoff, and no he did not do the leap.