Former Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins, who hadn’t played in the NFL since 2011, when he sustained a neck injury, officially announced his retirement Tuesday.
— Nick Collins (@nickdapick36) August 20, 2014
Collins underwent vertebrae fusion surgery and was released by the Packers in April 2012. He said in February of this year he was contemplating a comeback.
“I’m optimistic about it,” Collins told ESPN.com. “My whole purpose for sending that tweet out is to just let teams know that if they’re willing to take a chance, I’m open to it.” Collins had announced his intention to play with a pair of tweets.
Nickdapick36 is ready for action.
— Nick Collins (@nickdapick36) February 3, 2014
Who’s looking for a top notch free safety. This kid is ready to dominate #2014
— Nick Collins (@nickdapick36) February 4, 2014
The former three-time Pro Bowler didn’t get any offers and has apparently decided his window for playing in the NFL has closed.
The Packers took Collins in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL Draft out of Bethune-Cookman and he became a starter in Week 1 of his rookie season.
He made his first Pro Bowl in 2008 after intercepting seven passes and leading the NFL with 295 yards in returns and three touchdown returns.
The 295 interception return yards are a Packer single-season record.
Collins had six interceptions in 2009 and four in 2010, earning Pro Bowl bids each season.
He had one career interception in the playoffs, but was a big one—a 37-yard return for a touchdown in the Packers 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV that gave Green Bay a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.