|Date of birth:||August 18, 1982|
|Place of birth:||Columbus, Georgia|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||267 lb (121 kg)|
|NFL draft:||2005 / Round: 5 / Pick: 144|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at NFL.com|
Jerome Vincent Collins (born August 18, 1982 in Columbus, Georgia) is a former American football tight end. He was originally drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Notre Dame.
Jerome attended Wheaton Warrenville South High School from 1996 to 2000. He was on the undefeated 1998 Illinois (IHSA) football championship team for division 6-A, which at the time was the most populated division of Illinois high schools. Jerome played high school football with former University of Illinois quarterback Jon Beutjer and Northwestern University wide receiver Jon Schweighardt. Collins received special mention on Champaign News-Gazette All-state team. He was a three-year starter who helped his team to state titles as a sophomore and junior followed by an 8-3 mark in 1999. He caught 35 passes for 450 yards and five touchdowns as a senior in 1999 and made 31 catches for 702 yards and eight touchdowns as junior. Collins averaged 11.6 points and 6.8 rebounds as a senior in basketball and earned All-league honors and ran the second leg on the 1999 state championship 4x100 relay.
Collins moved to tight end for his final season at Notre Dame. He appeared in twelve games, but did not start any games while catching six passes for 67 yards (11.2 avg). He was involved in two blocked punts and totaled 4 tackles (3 solos) on special teams action. Collins played in 10 games at defensive end and linebacker for the Irish in 2003 and also contributed on special teams. He finished the season with nine tackles (seven solos) and one tackle for a loss. In 2002 he played in 11 games as a reserve at outside linebacker. As a sophomore in 2001 Collins played in three games as a reserve at outside linebacker and made one tackle. In 2000 he did not see action after changing positions from wide receiver to outside linebacker during the 2000 season.
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP||Wonderlic|
|6 ft 4¼ in||267 lb||32 in||9⅜ in||4.53 s||1.60 s||2.69 s||4.07 s||7.09 s||40 in||10 ft 0 in||24 reps||29|
|All values from Notre Dame pro day.|
St. Louis Rams
Collins was the 144th pick of the 2005 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams from the University of Notre Dame. He was on the Rams practice squad and also the 53-man roster (playing three games) before being released.
After he was released from the Rams the Cowboys signed Collins to be on their practice squad.
He signed with the Colts on October 4, 2006. He was placed on injured reserve after injuring his Achilles tendon during practice in December 2006. On February 23, 2007, the Colts released Collins.
New York Giants
He was signed to the New York Giants practice squad prior to the week 1 game against the Cowboys and was signed to the active roster after week 15. He has been on back to back Super Bowl winning rosters with the Colts and Giants, although he had not appeared in a game for either team. He was released by the Giants on August 30, 2008 during final cuts.