Collie doesn't want to be poster boy

April, 26, 2011
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Tim Layden profiles Austin Collie, who suffered two serious concussions last season, in this week’s Sports Illustrated.

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The magazine was kind enough to send us an advanced copy.

“My body feels great, my head feels great,” he said. “I don’t want the label. …I don’t want to be the poster boy for concussions.”

Collie’s been training since February and has had no symptoms.

Too many fans and media for my liking have suggested Collie should take himself out of harm’s way.

It sounds like he resents that. I would too.

“People are entitled to their opinions about me, but they’re not the ones who’ve had the concussions,” he said. “They’re not the ones who know how I’m feeling. I’ve got a family and a kid. I know there are more important things than football. If I get another [concussion], I’ll take into consideration what’s happened in the past. But every person is different, every body reacts differently. I’m ready to continue what I started in those first six weeks last year.”

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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