Jim Collins (American football)
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|Date of birth:||June 11, 1958|
|Place of birth:||Orange, New Jersey|
|NFL Draft:||1981 / Round: 2 / Pick: 43|
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Collins graduated from West Morris Mendham High School in the Class of 1976, where, as a Senior, he helped lead his high school football team to a still standing club record 8 shutouts and its only State Championship victory to date. He subsequently attended Syracuse University on a full athletic scholarship at linebacker. In 1980 Collins was an honorable mention All-American by the AP. He was later named to the Syracuse all-century team.
Collins was selected in the 2nd round (43rd overall pick) of the 1981 NFL Draft at linebacker by the Los Angeles Rams. He played in the NFL for seven seasons with the Rams (1981–1988), and spent his final season with the San Diego Chargers (1989).
He also appeared in the 1985 team promotional video "Ram It", where he goes by the nickname "Babyface" and refers to himself as a "tacklin' fool on the football field."
- "James Collins, Football, 1976, 1978-80", Syracuse University Athletics (accessed 2014-02-05).
- "Overlooked Collins leads Ram defense", Associated Press in Star-News, January 2, 1986.
- Rich Roberts, "Jim Collins Can Only Watch . . . and Wait: Injured Ram Linebacker Realizes His Career May Be in Jeopardy", Los Angeles Times, October 29, 1986.
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