Former Packers safety Nick Collins announces retirement

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 20, 2014 – 9:55 am

Nick CollinsFormer Packers safety Nick Collins announced his retirement on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday night.

Collins, a second-round draft pick in 2005 and three-time Pro Bowler (2008-10) suffered what turned out to be a career-ending neck injury while making a tackle of Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart in Carolina in Week 2 of the 2011 season.

He was placed on injured reserve and released at the end of the season. He was never signed by another team.

Collins returned to Lambeau Field last season for the NFC Wild Card playoff game against San Francisco and was introduced to a loud ovation from the home fans.

He tied a single-season team record in 2008 with three interception returns for touchdowns, and he’ll be best remembered for his interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter of Super Bowl XLV, a key play in the 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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