Tony Collins (American football)

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Tony Collins
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1959-05-27) May 27, 1959 (age 55)
Place of birth: Sanford, Florida
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
College: East Carolina
NFL Draft: 1981 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47
Debuted in 1981 for the New England Patriots
Last played in 1993 for the Miami Hooters
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rush Att 1,191
Rush Yards 4,647
Rush TDs 32
Rec 261
Rec Yards 2,356
Rec TDs 12
Stats at
Career Arena football statistics
Rec 78
Rec Yards 837
Rec TDs 16
Tackles 52
Interceptions 6
Stats at
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Anthony Collins (born May 27, 1959 in Sanford, Florida) is a former professional American football running back in the National Football League and the Arena Football League.

Early years[edit]

A speedy and powerful runner, Collins first garnered notoriety in high school as a starter on the 1976 New York State Class B Champion Penn Yan Academy Mustangs.


He attended East Carolina University and was selected in the second round of the 1981 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. Cris Crissy, one of his high school teammates, was also drafted by the Patriots that season.[1][2] Collins was a Pro Bowl selection in 1983 and he played in Super Bowl XX as a member of the Patriots. He signed with the Indianapolis Colts in 1988, but was suspended for the entire season after failing a drug test.[3] His final year in the NFL was in 1990 with the Miami Dolphins. Collins finished his NFL career with 4,647 rushing yards, 261 receptions for 2,356 yards, and 44 touchdowns in 103 games.

Arena football[edit]

In 1991, Collins joined the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League. In 1992 Collins continued his arena football career with the Cincinnati Rockers and scored 9 touchdowns. In 1993 Collins played his last season of arena football with the Miami Hooters.

After football[edit]

Currently, Collins is educating high school athletes and families across the country on the college recruiting process as an educational speaker for the National Collegiate Scouting Association. His son, Conredge Collins, was a fullback at the University of Pittsburgh from 2005 to 2008.[4]

Tony hosted his own radio show, Sports Talk with Touchdown Tony Collins every Wednesday at Noon ET/9am PT on the VoiceAmerica Sports Channel Internet radio at

Collins presented to the Holley Elementary School during their 27th year participating in the Jump Rope for Heart during which time the school community has raised over $220,000 for American Heart Association programs and research. [5]

Collins talks to students at Indian River High with two big messages GPA and character [6]

Monday Night Sports talk Tony talks about growing up and life after football [7]

Collins also has his foundation "It's for the Kids" [8] which motivates children to "BECOME WHAT YOU BELIEVE."[9] This inspired Collins book Broken Road: Turning My Mess Into a Message[10] Collins discuss with Bleacher Report about his history of mistakes [11]

Collins book Broken Road: Turning My Mess Into a Message provides him the opportunity to make speeches to motivate or inspire [12]


Collins' cousin is Reggie Branch, who played for the Washington Redskins. Collins and his wife Trudy live near Greenville, N.C. [13]


  1. ^ The Chronicle Express, July 28, 2009
  2. ^ The Football Encyclopedia, St. Martin's Press, 1994, ISBN 0-312-11435-4
  3. ^ "NFL Bans Collins for One Year". Los Angeles Times. 13 August 1988. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
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Preceded by
Vagas Ferguson
New England Patriots leading rusher
Succeeded by
Craig James
Preceded by
Craig James
New England Patriots leading rusher
Succeeded by
John Stephens