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Mo Collins (American football)

Mo Collins
No. 79
Position: Offensive lineman
Personal information
Date of birth: (1976-09-22)September 22, 1976
Place of birth: Charlotte, North Carolina
Date of death: October 26, 2014(2014-10-26) (aged 38)
Place of death: Charlotte, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 325 lb (147 kg)
Career information
High school: West Charlotte (NC)
College: Florida
NFL draft: 1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23
Career history
As executive:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 71
Games started: 64
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Damon Jamal Collins (September 22, 1976 – October 26, 2014), nicknamed Mo Collins, was an American college and professional football player who was an offensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for six seasons during the 1990s and early 2000s. Collins played college football for the University of Florida, and was a member of a national championship team. The Oakland Raiders selected him in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft, and he played his entire professional career for the Raiders.

Early years

Collins was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1976.[1] He attended West Charlotte High School in Charlotte,[2] and he played high school football for the West Charlotte Lions. Collins was a key member of the Lions' North Carolina 4A state championship team in 1993. The Charlotte Observer ranked him as one of the top five high school football players in the state of North Carolina in 1993.

College career

Collins accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the NFL Draft.

Collins graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport sciences in 1998.

Professional career

The Oakland Raiders selected Collins in the first round (twenty-third pick overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft,[4] and he played for the Raiders from 1998 to 2003.[5] In his six NFL seasons, Collins appeared in seventy-one regular season games and started in sixty-four of them.[1]

Life after the NFL

Collins was hired as the head coach of the West Charlotte Lions football team of West Charlotte High School, his alma mater, on February 7, 2014.[6] Collins died Sunday, October 26, 2014; he had been receiving dialysis treatment after suffering kidney failure.[7]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Mo Collins. Retrieved July 22, 2010.
  2. ^ databaseFootball.com, Players, Mo Collins. Retrieved July 22, 2010.
  3. ^ a b 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 42, 99, 180 (2011). Retrieved August 28, 2011.
  4. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1998 National Football League Draft. Retrieved July 22, 2010.
  5. ^ National Football League, Historical Players, Mo Collins. Retrieved July 22, 2010.
  6. ^ Herb White, "Collins vows to revive West Charlotte: Former Raider hopes to awaken football team that went 18-40 in 5 seasons," Charlotte Observer, p. 1C (February 8, 2014).
  7. ^ Langston Wertz Jr., " West Charlotte football coach Mo Collins dies at 38," Charlotte Observer (October 26, 2014). Retrieved October 26, 2014.

Bibliography

  • Carlson, Norm, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia (2007). ISBN 0-7948-2298-3.
  • Golenbock, Peter, Go Gators! An Oral History of Florida's Pursuit of Gridiron Glory, Legends Publishing, LLC, St. Petersburg, Florida (2002). ISBN 0-9650782-1-3.
  • Hairston, Jack, Tales from the Gator Swamp: A Collection of the Greatest Gator Stories Ever Told, Sports Publishing, LLC, Champaign, Illinois (2002). ISBN 1-58261-514-4.
  • McCarthy, Kevin M., Fightin' Gators: A History of University of Florida Football, Arcadia Publishing, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (2000). ISBN 978-0-7385-0559-6.
  • Nash, Noel, ed., The Gainesville Sun Presents The Greatest Moments in Florida Gators Football, Sports Publishing, Inc., Champaign, Illinois (1998). ISBN 1-57167-196-X.

External links

  • Official NFL/Oakland Raiders bios by seasons: 1998 to 2001, 2002, 2003
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