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Thursday, December 18, 2008
Collier: The 'happiest I've been my whole life'


Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
Collier

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Richard Collier talked to a handful of reporters after taking part in the pregame coin toss Thursday night.

"Believe it or not, this is the happiest I've been my whole life," he told us.

That's something to hear from a man who once rated a 390-pound giant during college, who now moves around in a motorized wheel chair, paralyzed from the waist down and without the lower half of his left leg as a result of 14 gunshot wounds suffered in a September shooting.

His face is thin, but he wore a constant smile.