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Austin Kirk Collie (born November 11, 1985) is a former American football wide receiver. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL) in the fourth round (127th overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football for the Brigham Young University Cougars. Collie also played in the NFL for the New England Patriots and in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for the BC Lions.

Austin Collie
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Collie with the Colts in 2010
No. 17, 10
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1985-11-11) November 11, 1985 (age 33)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:204 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:El Dorado Hills (CA) Oak Ridge
NFL Draft:2009 / Round: 4 / Pick: 127
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:1,908
Receiving average:10.7
Receiving touchdowns:16
Player stats at


Early lifeEdit

Collie was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to American parents Scott and Nicole Collie.[1][2] Scott Collie played football at Brigham Young University (BYU) from 1979 to 1982 and played professionally in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and briefly in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers during the 1983 pre-season.[3] His older brother, Zac Collie, also played receiver for the BYU Cougars from 2003 to 2006.[citation needed] Austin served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Buenos Aires, Argentina.[when?][citation needed] He was recruited by Stanford, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington State, Oregon State, Colorado, Utah, and UNLV before signing with BYU.[citation needed]

Collie starred as a wide receiver at Oak Ridge High School and garnered many awards. He was a PrepStar and SuperPrep All-American as well as being voted Northern California's Most Valuable Player. During his senior season, he recorded 60 receptions for a total of 978 yards and 18 touchdowns. In 2004, Collie became an Eagle Scout.[4]

In December 2009, Collie's hometown newspaper, The Sacramento Bee, named him Sacramento Area's Player of the Decade (2000–2009).[5]

College careerEdit

In 2004, Collie was named MWC Freshman of the Year. He was also named the MVP of the 2007 Las Vegas Bowl and all–MWC first–team receiver in 2008.

Collie set a series of records during his three–year career at BYU (2004, 2007–2008).[6]

Reception records in BYU Cougars football history[7]
Category Amount BYU All-time Rank
Career receptions 215 2nd (Dennis Pitta is 1st @ 221)[8]
Career receiving yards 3,255 1st
Career receiving touchdowns 30 1st

Additionally, Collie was also one of the highest rated wide receivers in College Football during his junior season in which he was selected to the college football All–American team.

2008 NCAA receiving records[9]
Category Number NCAA Rank, 2008
Receiving yards per game 118.31 1st
Total yards receiving 1538 1st
Consecutive 100-yard receiving games 11 Tied for 1st with Michael Crabtree
Receiving yards per catch 14.51 3rd
Total receptions 106 3rd
Touchdowns receiving 15 4th
Total all–purpose yards (per game) 162.46 12th

On January 9, 2009, Collie announced in a press conference that he would forgo his senior year and enter the 2009 NFL Draft.[10] The Indianapolis Colts then drafted him in the fourth round.

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
200 lb
(91 kg)
31 in
(0.79 m)
9 in
(0.23 m)
4.63 s 1.50 s 2.60 s 4.24 s 6.78 s 34 in
(0.86 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
17 reps
All measurables were taken at the NFL Scouting Combine.[11][12]

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

Collie impressed Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell in the preseason and was placed third on the depth chart at the wide receiver position for the 2009 season, placing ahead of Pierre Garçon for the slot receiver position. However, Garçon soon jumped Collie on the depth chart shortly thereafter.[13] Collie finished his rookie season in the NFL among the top statistical leaders for all rookies at the wide receiver position.

Collie started his second year promising, making numerous touchdown catches and establishing himself as Peyton Manning's "go-to guy", after Dallas Clark suffered a season-ending injury.[14] However, on November 7, 2010, Collie was involved in a collision against the Philadelphia Eagles, in which he was hit on both sides of his head by Quintin Mikell and Kurt Coleman. Collie was taken off the field on a stretcher. According to a televised ESPN update, Collie was seen sitting up and moving after several minutes working with medics.[15] Collie suffered a concussion as a result of the collision.[16] Coleman was penalized for unnecessary roughness for the hit on Collie, but neither player was fined, as the NFL later ruled that the contact that caused the injury was incidental as a result of Mikell's initial hit. On December 19, 2010, Collie was hit in the head by Jaguars linebacker Daryl Smith and was down for several minutes. It was his second concussion-related injury that year and ultimately ended his 2010 season.[17] Despite the fact that no fines have been assessed, the highly visible injuries to Collie have added to the debate about violent hits in football.[18][19] On December 22, 2010, Collie was placed on injured reserve, the seventeenth Colt to end his season early in 2010. Collie played in all 16 games, making 5 starts, during the 2011 regular season but managed to only catch one touchdown pass among his 54 receptions. During a 2012 preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Collie suffered his third concussion of his career. During the third game of the 2012 season against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Collie suffered a ruptured patellar tendon in his right knee, causing him to miss the rest of the 2012 season.[20]

On February 15, 2013, Collie was told he would not be re-signed by the Colts.[21][22]

San Francisco 49ersEdit

On August 2, 2013, the San Francisco 49ers signed Collie to a 1−year contract.[23] He was released on August 31, 2013 during final roster cuts.

New England PatriotsEdit

The New England Patriots signed Collie as a free agent on October 3, 2013.[24][25] He was signed for a one-year, veteran-minimum contract, which is $715,000 but prorated to $546,765. Due to Collie's previous injuries, the contract included an injury waiver, meaning the Patriots could release him if he was injured and only owe him a "split" (50%) of the contract.[26] He was released November 5, 2013 because of a knee injury, after only 3 catches for 34 yards.[27] He was re-signed by the Patriots on December 5, 2013 to add depth with rookie wideouts Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins dealing with nagging injuries.[28] He was released once more on December 27, 2013 only to be re-signed on January 2, 2014. The Patriots released Collie again after the NFL playoffs.

BC LionsEdit

On January 29, 2015, it was announced that Collie had signed a contract with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League.[29] In his only CFL season, Collie played in 16 games, catching 43 passes for 439 yards with 7 touchdowns. Collie also recorded a touchdown as a passer, throwing a 21 yard score to quarterback Jonathon Jennings on a trick play.[30]

On April 8, 2016, Collie announced his retirement from professional football.[31]

Career NFL statisticsEdit

Season Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
Regular season
2013 New England Patriots 7 1 6 63 10.5 19 0
2012 Indianapolis Colts 1 0 1 6 6.0 6 0
2011 Indianapolis Colts 16 5 54 514 9.5 27 1
2010 Indianapolis Colts 9 6 58 649 11.2 73T 8 1 1
2009 Indianapolis Colts 16 5 60 676 11.3 39T 7 2 1 0.5 2 0
Total 49 17 179 1,908 10.7 73 16 2 1 0.5 2 0 1 1

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Austin Collie Profile". NFL. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  2. ^ "Scott Collie". BYU Cougars. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  3. ^ Why is concussion-prone Austin Collie still in NFL? He's like his dad - NFL -
  4. ^ "Before Football, Colts Wide Receiver Snagged Accolades in a Different Uniform". Scouting. February 3, 2010. Archived from the original on February 9, 2010. Retrieved February 9, 2010.
  5. ^ Davidson, Joe (December 27, 2009). "All decade team: This Collie a master of many tricks". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved November 25, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Austin Collie Profile". Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  7. ^ "ESPNDB: Austin Collie – College Career". August 15, 2009. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  8. ^ "ESPN: Dennis Pitta Stats". ESPN. January 2, 2011. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  9. ^ " Player Reports – Offense". Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  10. ^ BYU Collie Declares for Draft Archived January 17, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Austin Collie combine results". NFL. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  12. ^ "Austin Collie". NFL Draft Scout. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  13. ^ Depth Chart Update Archived February 9, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "Colts place Dallas Clark on IR for wrist". October 22, 2010. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  15. ^ wire reports. "Colts wideout Collie carted off field with head injury". Retrieved November 7, 2010.
  16. ^ Leahy, Sean (November 7, 2010). "Colts' Austin Collie alert after concussion in scary hit vs. Eagles". USA Today. Retrieved November 9, 2010.
  17. ^ Chappell, Mike (November 9, 2010). "With Collie recovering, Colts talk of crackdown on hits". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved November 9, 2010.
  18. ^ Wilson, Phillip (November 8, 2010). "Repercussions from hit on Colts' Austin Collie". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved November 9, 2010.
  19. ^ Bennett, Dashiell (November 8, 2010). "Why Austin Collie's Injury Will Force Another NFL Rule Change". Business Insider. Archived from the original on November 10, 2010. Retrieved November 9, 2010.
  20. ^ "Austin Collie ruptured knee tendon".
  21. ^ "Report: Colts release Dwight Freeney, Austin Collie". February 15, 2013. Archived from the original on February 17, 2013. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  22. ^ Alper, Josh (February 15, 2013). "Report: Colts won't re-sign Dwight Freeney, Austin Collie". Retrieved February 16, 2013.
  23. ^ Wesseling, Chris (August 2, 2013). "Austin Colie, San Francisco 49ers sign 1-year contract". Retrieved August 2, 2013.
  24. ^ Shane, Alec (October 3, 2013). "Patriots Sign Autin Collie". Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  25. ^ Yates, Field (October 3, 2013). "New England Patriots Sign Veteran Austin Collie". Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  26. ^ Wilson, Wilson (October 5, 2013). "Austin Collie's Minimum Patriots Deal Includes Injury Waiver". Archived from the original on October 7, 2013. Retrieved October 5, 2013.
  27. ^ Yates, Field. "Source: Pats release Austin Collie". Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  28. ^ Patriots Re-Sign Austin Collie « CBS Boston
  29. ^ "LIONS SIGN NFL VETERAN RECEIVER AUSTIN COLLIE". January 29, 2015. Archived from the original on January 30, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  30. ^
  31. ^ "Austin Collie intends to retire, Lions announce". Retrieved April 7, 2016.

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