Reggie Collier

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Reggie Collier
No. 10, 7
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1961-05-14) May 14, 1961 (age 53)
Place of birth: Biloxi, Mississippi
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
College: Southern Mississippi
NFL Draft: 1983 / Round: 6 / Pick: 162
Debuted in 1983
Last played in 1993 for the Indiana Firebirds|Albany Firebirds
Career history
Career NFL statistics
TD-INT 3-3
Yards 206
QB Rating 86.6
Stats at NFL.com
Career Arena football statistics
TD-INT 36-9
Yards 1,923
QB Rating 83.09
Stats at ArenaFan.com

Reginald C. Collier (born May 14, 1961 in Biloxi, Mississippi) is a former professional American football player. Best known as a dynamic college football star, Collier had a short-lived professional career in both the United States Football League and National Football League.

Collier played collegiate football as a quarterback for the The University of Southern Mississippi. In 1981, he became the first quarterback in NCAA Division I history to pass and rush for over 1,000 yards in the same season, and came in ninth in Heisman Trophy voting. He rushed for 12 touchdowns in the 1981 and 1982 seasons.

In 1983, Collier was drafted by the Birmingham Stallions of the United States Football League in the first round in 1983 (third player overall). He later played with the Washington Federals and the Orlando Renegades. His greatest professional success came in Orlando with coach Lee Corso, now of ESPN. As a Renegade, Collier passed for 2,578 yards and 13 touchdowns, while being intercepted 16 times. He also rushed for 606 yards and 12 touchdowns.

In 1986, Collier signed a four-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys, who drafted him in the sixth round of the 1983 NFL Draft. Though drafted as a QB, he played several games at wide receiver due to team injuries.[1] After one season with the Cowboys, he was waived and later joined the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1987. He played in 2 games for the Steelers before ending his NFL career.

In 1991, Collier signed with the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League. Collier played most of the season after starting the season as the backup to AFL Hall of Famer, Ben Bennett.

In 1993, Collier signed with the Albany Firebirds.

In 2000, he was selected, along with Brett Favre, to the Southern Miss Team of the Century.[2] His collegiate No. 10 Jersey was retired by Southern Miss in 2008.[2]

He is currently the Coordinator of Athletic Development and Community Relations in the Southern Miss Athletics Department. Collier is also a member of the Nu Eta chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Black QBs evolving into marquee NFL players". dallasnews.com. Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  2. ^ a b "Southern Miss Announces Retirement of Reggie Collier's No. 10 Jersey". southernmiss.cstv.com. Retrieved 2008-08-19.