Kerry Collins: “I am trying to enjoy it as much as I can in the time that I have left.”

August 10, 2010 – 10:15 am by timgunter

Heading into the 2010 season, Jeff Fisher won’t be having another QB controversy in Nashville because this is no longer Kerry Collins’ team, it belongs to Vince Young.  After both players teeter-tottered between backup and starting roles the last two seasons, Young proved it out on the field that the Titans have the best chance of winning with him behind center.  Collins, the NFL’s third-leading active passer, is entering the last year of a two-year contract and enters this season as the team’s primary backup quarterback, and he is fine with that.  Collins, who is in the twilight of his career, has done just about everything that he has wanted to accomplish in football, except win a Super Bowl.  The thirty-seven year old  is set to make $5.5 million this season as the backup QB in Tennessee, which by the way is a high price to pay a player not on the field, but might have to restructure his contract if he wants to stay on the team.  Otherwise, he could be looking for a job before the end of training camp.

Kerry Collins joined WGFX in Nashville to talk about how strange it is to go from being the backup QB to being the starting QB and back to the backup position, whether there is a side to the Brett Favre saga that he can see that other people can’t because of his age, and whether he wants to stay close to the game once he retires or get as far away from it.

How strange it is to go from being the backup QB to being the starting QB and back to the backup position:

“It has been a kind of a topsy-turvy last couple of years for sure.  Obviously in ’08, I didn’t expect to play much at all and then of course I ended up playing the whole year and then last year, obviously things went the way they did.  It is all part of football, I mean I realize that.  I can handle those kind of things.  Those are things that are just part of the game and you have got to be able to handle.  So I mean at this point I really want to still be able to do this and feel good doing it, not feel like I have to do it, physically I am so beat up that it is tough for me to do this.  I am still healthy, I feel good.  I am trying to enjoy it as much as I can in the time that I have left.”

Whether he takes pride in knowing that he won the starting quarterback the right way and was an asset to the team:

“I always try to pride myself in being as good of a team guy that I can be.  We talked about Coach Paterno and Penn State, you know that is what it is about.  It is about the team.  Was I personally disappointed?  Absolutely.  Were there things that I was quite angry about?  Absolutely, no question. But at the same time, I try to be a professional.  I get paid to do this, I get a lot of money to do this and I wanted to be an asset to the team regardless of how I may have felt about certain circumstances.  That goes on all the time in the NFL.  Everybody feels like they get a raw deal from time to time, but at the end of the day we are professionals and we need to keep that in mind and keep the team in mind.”

Whether there is a side to the Brett Favre saga that he can see that other people cant because of his age:

“Absolutely, absolutely.  You don’t want to give it up and this is such a unique special thing.  There is nothing in our lives, and there is nothing in Brett’s life, my life, or anybody else’s life playing this game that would ever compare to this.  If you can do it and physically you feel like you can do it and mentally you feel like you want to do what it takes to prepare and go through a season, by all means you should do it.  I know that is probably wrestling with Brett right now and the fact that he has got an injury adds a little bit more to that because physically I don’t think there has ever been an issue with him, but that desire to still go out here and do this and the excitement of playing in front of the crowds that we play in front of and the competitiveness is something that I am sure Brett knows that is going to be gone soon and that he can still do it and I am sure that is why he keeps coming back.”

Whether Brett Favre’s struggles are thinking about what he is going to do when it is time to retire:

“I think that is what we all o through and regardless of how long we played or the level of success, your whole life has been about football.  That is pretty much everything that you geared your life for however long you’ve been playing.  That is one thing that is hard for all of us to I think reconcile is the fact that someday it has got to be over and that is a strong sentiment, that is what keeps a lot of guys back.  I am sure that is…  Brett doesn’t need to play, he doesn’t need the money, he doesn’t need the fame…  Obviously he has got such a passion and love for the game that it is hard to give up.  We like to think that we all could say, ‘ok I am done with the game and I am going to move on and everything is going to be great.  It is not that simple.  It is so much a part of your life that it is hard to give up.”

Whether he wants to stay close to the game once he retires or get as far away from it:

“I would say that I would probably be one of those who, at least for the short term, would want to get away from it.  I really don’t have any desire to coach at any level at this point.  Just because the hours that it takes to put in, I know what it takes to coach in college, I know what it takes to coach here, I think I am ready for a break from that kind of commitment, to football.  There are things that we all put on hold, that we would all love to do.  I would love to take trips during the fall to take a break.  But at the same time I cont foresee getting into coaching anytime in the near future.”

Kerry Collins on WGFX in Nashville

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