Austin Collie
Collie preparing for a game against Denver in 2010.
Free Agent
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-11-11) November 11, 1985 (age 34)
Place of birth: Hamilton, Ontario
High School: El Dorado Hills (CA) Oak Ridge
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 204 lb (93 kg)
Career information
College: Brigham Young
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 4 / Pick: 127
Debuted in 2009 for the Indianapolis Colts
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • NCAA leader in receiving yards (2008–09)
  • AFC champion (2009)
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Receptions     173
Receiving yards     1,845
Receiving average     10.7
Receiving TDs     16
Stats at

Austin Kirk Collie (born November 11, 1985)[1] is a Canadian born American football wide receiver, who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Colts in the fourth round (127th overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football for the Brigham Young University Cougars.

Pre-NFL yearsEdit

Collie was born in Hamilton, Ontario. His father, Scott Collie, played football at Brigham Young University (BYU) from 1979–1982 and played professional in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and briefly in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers during the 1983 pre-season.[2] His older brother, Zac Collie, also played receiver for the BYU Cougars from 2003–2006. Austin served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was recruited by Stanford, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington State, Oregon State, Colorado, Utah, and UNLV before signing with BYU.

Collie starred as a wide receiver at Oak Ridge High School and garnered many awards. He was a PrepStar and SuperPrep All-American as well as being voted Northern California's Most Valuable Player. During his senior season he recorded 60 receptions for a total of 978 yards and 18 touchdowns. In 2004, Collie became an Eagle Scout.[3]

In December 2009, Collie's hometown newspaper, The Sacramento Bee named him Sacramento Area's Player of the Decade (2000–2009).[4]

Austin married Brooke Pendleton during his college reign in 2007; she is the sister to one of Austin's college teammates. The couple have one son, Nash (b. Dec. 2010)

College careerEdit

In 2004, Collie was named MWC Freshman of the Year. He was also named the MVP of the 2007 Las Vegas Bowl and all–MWC first–team receiver in 2008.

Collie set a series of records during his three–year career at BYU (2004, 2007–2008).[5]

Austin Collie, Reception Records in BYU Cougars football History[6]
Category Amount BYU All-time Rank
Career receptions 215 2nd (Dennis Pitta is 1st @ 221)[7]
Career receiving yards 3,255 1st
Career receiving touchdowns 30 1st

Additionally, Collie was also one of the highest rated wide receivers in College Football during his junior season in which he was selected to the college football All–American team.

Austin Collie, 2008 NCAA receiving records[8]
Category Number NCAA Rank, 2008
Receiving yards per game 118.31 1st
Total yards receiving 1538 1st
Consecutive 100-yard receiving games 11 Tied for 1st with Michael Crabtree
Receiving yards per catch 14.51 3rd
Total receptions 106 3rd
Touchdowns receiving 15 4th
Total all–purpose yards (per game) 162.46 12th

On January 9, 2009, Collie announced in a press conference that he would forgo his senior year and enter the 2009 NFL Draft.[9] The Indianapolis Colts then drafted him in the fourth round.

Professional careerEdit

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

Collie impressed Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell in the preseason and was placed third on the depth chart at the wide receiver position for the 2009 season, placing ahead of Pierre Garçon for the slot receiver position. However, Garçon soon jumped Collie on the depth chart shortly thereafter.[10] Collie finished his rookie season in the NFL among the top statistical leaders for all rookies at the wide receiver position.

Austin Collie – receiving statistics
Season 2009 2010 2011 2012
Receptions 60 58 54 1
Yards 676 649 514 6
Touchdowns 7 8 1 0

Collie started his second year promising, making numerous TD catches and establishing himself as Peyton Manning's "go-to guy", after Dallas Clark got a season ending injury. However, on November 7, 2010, Collie was involved in a collision against the Philadelphia Eagles, in which he was hit on both sides of his head by Quintin Mikell and Kurt Coleman. Collie was taken off the field on a stretcher. According to a televised ESPN update, Collie was seen sitting up and moving after several minutes working with medics.[11] Collie suffered a concussion as a result of the collision.[12] Coleman was penalized for unnecessary roughness for the hit on Collie, but neither player was fined, as the NFL later ruled that the contact that caused the injury was incidental as a result of Mikell's initial hit. On December 19, 2010, Collie was hit in the head by Daryl Smith (Jacksonville Jaguars) and was down for several minutes. It was his second concussion-related injury that year and ultimately ended his 2010 season.[13] Despite the fact that no fines have been assessed, the highly visible injuries to Collie have added to the debate about violent hits in football.[14][15] On December 22, 2010, Collie was placed on IR, the seventeenth Colt to end his season early in 2010. Collie played in all 16 games, making 5 starts, during the 2011 Regular Season but managed to only catch one touchdown pass among his 54 receptions. During a 2012 preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Collie suffered his third concussion of his career. During the third game of the 2012 season against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Collie suffered a ruptured patellar tendon in his right knee, causing him to miss the rest of the 2012 season.[16]

On February 15, 2013, Collie was told he would not be re-signed by the Colts.[17][18]


  1. "Austin Collie Profile". NFL. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  3. "Before Football, Colts Wide Receiver Snagged Accolades in a Different Uniform". Scouting. February 3, 2010. Archived from the original on February 9, 2010. Retrieved February 9, 2010.
  4. Davidson, Joe (December 27, 2009). "All decade team: This Collie a master of many tricks". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved November 25, 2010.
  5. "Austin Collie Profile". Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  6. "ESPNDB: Austin Collie – College Career". August 15, 2009. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  7. "ESPN: Dennis Pitta Stats". ESPN. January 2, 2011. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  8. " Player Reports – Offense". Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  9. BYU Collie Declares for Draft
  10. Depth Chart Update[dead link]
  11. wire reports. "Colts wideout Collie carted off field with head injury". Retrieved November 7, 2010.
  12. Leahy, Sean (November 7, 2010). "Colts' Austin Collie alert after concussion in scary hit vs. Eagles". USA Today. Retrieved November 9, 2010.
  13. Chappell, Mike (November 9, 2010). "With Collie recovering, Colts talk of crackdown on hits". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved November 9, 2010.
  14. Wilson, Phillip (November 8, 2010). "Repercussions from hit on Colts’ Austin Collie". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved November 9, 2010.
  15. Bennett, Dashiell (November 8, 2010). "Why Austin Collie's Injury Will Force Another NFL Rule Change". Business Insider. Archived from the original on November 10, 2010. Retrieved November 9, 2010.
  16. "Austin Collie ruptured knee tendon".
  17. "Report: Colts release Dwight Freeney, Austin Collie". February 15, 2013. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  18. Alper, Josh (February 15, 2013). "Report: Colts won’t re-sign Dwight Freeney, Austin Collie". Retrieved February 16, 2013.

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