Former BYU standout Austin Collie released by Colts; team owner calls Collie 'a warrior'


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  • 4BS St George, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 8:07 a.m.

    Austin will play again, there are several interested teams. He's a big boy and can make his own choices. He knows the extent of his injuries and has all of the necessary information to make a good sound decision, unlike most of you. And for the a previous commenter...he doesn't have any daughters to walk down the aisle at this time. Only sons.

  • EdGrady Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 17, 2013 11:28 p.m.

    Chris is a true ute.

  • nosaerfoecioveht NSL, UT
    Feb. 17, 2013 4:01 p.m.


    No my friend, I wasn't talking about you. Sorry for the misunderstanding. My post was in reference to two screen names that have taken obsession with these threads to a different level. See frequency of comments, and degree to which they are nonsensical. Even though he posts for both sides, the truth has come out: duckhunter and chris B are the same person.

    Not you, hunted. Carry on.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 17, 2013 4:09 a.m.

    @Nevada Coug

    Yeah I know what you mean. I never said Collie's career is over either. If he wants to play, somebody will pick him up. I don't necessarily think it's a good idea for Collie if he wants to play though.

    Last years injury was harsh. Still, it's the kind warriors rehab and come back from. So my opinion lacks a problem there. If Collie wants to put wear and tear on injured ligaments and tendons in the NFL then he is par for the course in the NFL mash unit redeployment group. But the concussion issues, that is scary. To continue to play after each concussion further puts one into the mental vegetable category when they approach their 50s. That might be a time when Austin could be walking his daughters down the aisle.

  • Duckhunted provo, UT
    Feb. 16, 2013 11:22 p.m.


    Either degree is good why do you make this a BYU vrs Utah thing?

  • JParkerfan St. George, UT
    Feb. 16, 2013 9:49 p.m.

    I would rather enter the workforce with a degree from BYU, than the u.

  • ImABeliever Provo, UT
    Feb. 16, 2013 7:49 p.m.

    The Indianapolis Colt's owner Jim Irsay always stabs players in the back; anyone hear of a guy named Peyton Manning? The N.F.L. is scared to death about the Medical reprecussions of players and so goes Austin Collie as well...

  • Duckhunted provo, UT
    Feb. 16, 2013 6:47 p.m.


    I guess you were talking about me. I never said one bad thing about BYU or Austin Collie. So don't lump me with Chris B. I would be glad to see Collie get picked up by another team. But he has had multiple concussions and has many years yet to live. Maybe it's time to give up football and use his degree for himself and his family.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Feb. 16, 2013 6:30 p.m.

    re: ekute

    My favorite team (Dolphins) could use an upgrade or 3 # WR but don't see Collie being much different from Hartline already on the roster.

    re: eastcoastcoug

    "Ironic that some people like Chris B think they're qualified to comment on talent like Collie, who made more in a year than some of these folks make in a year."

    Because, your value in society is proportional to the size of your paycheck, right?

    Look at me discussing "economics" with someone who lives in one of the most affluent counties in the nation. ROFL!?

    Until magic happens & The USA becomes a plutocracy, Everyone's 2 cents (pun intended) is equally relevant.

  • Jim1027 St. George, UT
    Feb. 16, 2013 4:43 p.m.

    For those never playing on the field, probably in any sport, nothing intercollegiate, and certainly nothing in pro sports, you ought to have more respect. As Teddy Roosevelt said, the honor goes to those in the pit fighting, with blood, sweat and tears. The others that mock everything BYU...you know who rules you all day, all night, all the time!

  • Samwise Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 16, 2013 3:43 p.m.

    It is too bad for Collie, but I really think he will get picked up by another team. He is a good player. Maybe Reid will pick him up in Kansas City, or maybe he will get to go to Denver and play with Peyton again. Personally as a 49ers fan I would like him to go there but I don't think it will happen. Another cool place would be in Baltimore with Pitta. Worst case scenario would be playing in Canada I think, but he is good enough to be a contributor on an NFL team for a few years. No matter where he ends up, I will be pulling for him for sure.

  • 1studlyman Logan, UT
    Feb. 16, 2013 2:35 p.m.

    gdog3, Austin was using twitter, which has a 150 character limit on "updates". He used the abbreviations to get what he wanted to say in the few amount of characters allowed. Just fyi. :)

  • IdahoCoog Malad City, ID
    Feb. 16, 2013 2:11 p.m.

    All at BYU are pulling for you, Austin, and wishing you good luck at everything that comes your way. We would love to see your career extend, the health problems left far behind you. If there is time in between shots, your help at the Y I'm sure would be appreciated. You're one of a kind.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Feb. 16, 2013 11:27 a.m.

    I have to laugh at all the comments about Collie's career being over just because he was released from 1 team. How many other players have been released, yet have found a spot elsewhere and continued to play? Um, shall we start with Peyton Manning?

    If Collie still wants to play, he'll get a chance somewhere. I hope he takes that chance and is able to do something with it.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Feb. 16, 2013 11:26 a.m.

    Ironic that some people like Chris B think they're qualified to comment on talent like Collie, who made more in a year than some of these folks make in a year.

  • Wildcat O-town, UT
    Feb. 16, 2013 10:36 a.m.

    I feel sorry for Collie. You have to admire him coming back from those hard hits time after time. I wish him the best in his future endeavors.

  • nosaerfoecioveht NSL, UT
    Feb. 16, 2013 10:08 a.m.

    Utah fan here. Don't lump me in with Chris B / Duckhunter. He's the same guy, and he types from a padded cell.

    Sorry to hear about this, he was a great talent. After college, I root for any player who represets our state in the NFL. There are more important things than football. Good luck to Austin.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Feb. 16, 2013 9:47 a.m.

    Please...No! Not Denver. Go Utes,Go Broncos.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    Feb. 16, 2013 8:44 a.m.

    Reid will pick him up.

  • The Dixie Kid Saint George, UT
    Feb. 16, 2013 8:22 a.m.

    I hope he ends up in Baltimore with Pitta.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Feb. 16, 2013 8:12 a.m.

    How low will some of you stoop? Amen to the above request: "show some dignity."

    Austin, it was a good ride while it lasted. For your own sake, and the sake of your family, it's time to move on. You cannot afford one more concussion. God bless, brother.

  • Duckhunted provo, UT
    Feb. 16, 2013 12:43 a.m.

    Y's little brother,
    I know he had many concussions and I am happy he got out of the NFL with some brain left,,,, many players keep pushing it and are really clueless... A BYU education will only help him outside the NFL! Maybe you need to think first before you call someone classless... I am sure Austin will take his degree and do well.. Please next time you judge someone think!

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    Feb. 16, 2013 12:32 a.m.

    "Obviously, if you do what's right on and off the field, I think the Lord steps in and plays a part in it. Magic happens,"
    ---Austin Collie 2008---

  • Wendall Hoop Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 10:13 p.m.

    Chris B. Austin was a Crowton recruit, though I think you knew that already. He is a heck of a WR in the NFL though and will be signed shortly. I don't cheer for byu, and sometimes enjoy yoru comments but you are over the top, have some dignity.

  • Duckhunted provo, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 9:49 p.m.

    Too bad he was almost a decent NFL receiver! Hopefully after the brain hits, he got a degree from BYU!

  • Cougar in Texas Houston, TX
    Feb. 15, 2013 9:05 p.m.


    Collie was a member of a union, the NFLPA, or did you forget?

  • owlmaster2 Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 8:44 p.m.

    Football is a business and employees are treated exactly like employees at any other corporation. As long as you can provide your blood and soul you're ok and needed but when your blood is gone and your soul destroyed, you have no value to a corporation.
    The only protection you have is a Union.
    If you stand alone, you are alone. If you are part of a Union and stand together you have hope. Too bad corporations have convinced the general public that the only support they have is bad.
    Austin Collie is fragile and has no value to the NFL corporation.

  • SundanceKid27 OREM, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 7:13 p.m.

    Dear Austin Collie,

    Thanks for your dedication and hard work. Too bad you got hurt so we are no longer are going to pay the money on your contract. Loyalty is a one way street.


    THE NFL.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 6:33 p.m.

    Sad for collie due to injury, but likely no one wants him at this point. Won't last three games

    Will this take the number of guys bronco recruited and put in the nfl 0, down from one?

    Or was collie a crowton recruit and therefore the number was always zero?

    Whittingham has 20 I believe. I wonder if recruits are more enticed by 20 or 0?

    This probably has no correlation to Utah winning the recruiting. Again. Just coincidence likely.

    Good luck to collie. Verizon is always hiring.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 15, 2013 6:06 p.m.

    Austin might want to type English on his twitter account though. Call me old school, but all of these abbreviations, misspelled words, and shortened sentences with codes are not my thing at all.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 15, 2013 6:03 p.m.

    You know I have had a little bit of a problem with a few perceptions of Collie I have had in the past. That said, I still found him to be likable enough to root for him. He is under appreciated as an athlete (he's a pretty good one). It's hard to be more than a possession WR in the NFL though unless you are an exceptional athlete.

    Austin has value on a team, great hands, decent speed, toughness, and smarts. However, unfortunately for Collie, he has real health issues, the kind that are a threat to him and teams that pay him.