Quarterback Kerry Collins, who led the New York Giants to a Super Bowl berth a decade ago, retired after a 16-year National Football League career with five teams.
Collins, 38, made the announcement in an e-mailed statement through his agent, David Dunn. The former Penn State University quarterback and two-time Pro Bowl selection played for the Giants from 1999 to 2003, losing to the Baltimore Ravens 34-7 in the Super Bowl after the 2000 season.
“I have decided that while my desire to compete on Sundays is still and always will be there, my willingness to commit to the preparation necessary to play another season has waned to a level that I feel is no longer adequate to meet the demands of the position,” Collins said.
He was selected by the Carolina Panthers with the No. 5 pick in 1995, the first draft choice in franchise history. He was 81-96 in 177 starts with the Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Giants, Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans, throwing for 206 touchdowns and 195 interceptions.
Last season with Tennessee, Collins was 2-5 as a starter, throwing for 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He finished second for his career among active quarterbacks with 40,441 yards passing, trailing Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts.
Collins went 12-4 as a starter with the Giants in 2000, When they won the National Football Conference East. He had five touchdown passes in a 41-0 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game before struggling in the Super Bowl, throwing four interceptions and posting a 7.1 passer rating.
Collins said he was grateful to have played with and been coached by “some of the true patriarchs of the modern game.” He mentioned coach Joe Paterno of Penn State and owners Wellington Mara of the Giants, Bud Adams of the Titans and Al Davis of the Oakland Raiders.