|Date of birth:||December 14, 1987|
|Place of birth:||White Plains, New York|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||296 lb (134 kg)|
|High school:||King Low Heywood Thomas|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2012|
Nathaniel Allen Collins (born December 14, 1987) is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. Previous to that he had stints with the Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars and was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Giants. He played college football at the University of Virginia.
Collins was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 13, 2010. He played in one game in 2010 and 12 games during the 2011 season. He scored a touchdown in 2011 on a fumble recovery against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In February 2012, a Virginia state trooper arrested Collins and charged him with the possession of a small amount of marijuana. Less than a month later, the Jaguars rescinded the exclusive rights free agent tender placed on Collins, making him an unrestricted free agent, free to sign with any team.
Collins was signed by the Chicago Bears on May 23, 2012. On July 20, 2012, Collins was suspended for 1 game after violating the league's substance policy. In 2013, Collins was set to become a restricted free agent, though he was signed to a one-year deal on March 14. In week four against the New Orleans Saints, Collins tore his ACL, and missed the remainder of the season. Collins was placed on injured reserve on October 9. Two days before the start of the 2014 free agency period, Collins re-signed with the Bears on a one-year deal. The Bears released Collins on August 23, 2014.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
In April 2011, Collins and New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz started the clothing brand, Young Whales. The line, a play on words of a high-stakes casino gambler "whale", was ready for purchase online by September 2011.
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- Wiederer, Dan. "DT Collins, QB Palmer sign 1-year deals with Bears". Chicago Tribune.com. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
- Bears begin cuts, release veteran safety Wilson
- Eisenband, Jeffrey (2012-02-01). "Victor Cruz Has Hot Clothing Line On His Hands". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2013-10-08.