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Penn State Legend Kerry Collins Named Honorary Captain for Peach Bowl vs. Ole Miss

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Legendary Penn State quarterback Kerry Collins will be alongside Nittany Lions captains for the pre-game coin toss Saturday afternoon as an honorary captain the Peach Bowl announced Tuesday afternoon.

Collins and former Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief will be on the field at the Peach Bowl for their respective alma maters.

At Penn State, Collins had a Hall of Fame career that spanned from 1991-1994 and took the Nittany Lions from an independent school to being a front-runner in the Big Ten. He guided his teams to a 40-9 record including a 12-0 season in 1994.

Though it’s been 30 years since Collins donned the blue and white, he still holds a multitude of records for the Nittany Lions including single-season completion percentage (66.7) and passing efficiency (172.9). Those were among the nine he broke during the 1994 season in which Penn State led the nation in scoring and total offense.

For his college career, Collins finished with 5,304 passing yards and 39 touchdowns. After his time with the Nittany Lions, he was the first player ever drafted by the Carolina Panthers who took him No. 5 overall in the 1995 NFL Draft.

Collins played 17 seasons in the NFL for a multitude of teams including the Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts. He still ranks in the top 20 all-time in NFL history in career passing yards and completions.

He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2018 and is one of 25 former Penn State players and coaches who have been enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

Penn State takes on Ole Miss in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Saturday at Noon which will be Collins’ 51st birthday.

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