The defining moment for Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins came when he scored a touchdown on an intercepted pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. Will he have the opportunity for more moments like this? Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Former Green Bay Packer Nick Collins Announces Retirement

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.

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 “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.

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.

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