Titans QB Collins announces retirement

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- NFL quarterback Kerry Collins has announced his retirement after 16 years in the league.

The 38-year-old who has played the past five seasons for the Tennessee Titans said in June he still wanted to play but said in a statement released by his agent Thursday that the past few months have brought "much introspection." He says he found he still wants to play but no longer is willing to commit to the preparation needed to do so.

Collins maintained a 55.8 completion percentage and threw for 40,441 yards and 206 touchdowns in 195 career games.

He was the fifth overall pick by the Carolina Panthers in the 1995 NFL draft after playing at Penn State. He also played for the New Orleans Saints, New York Giants and Oakland Raiders.


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