austin collie
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  • Faith: Latter-day Saint
  • Career: Athlete
  • Birthday:  October 11, 1985

Austin Collie is a former professional football wide receiver. The Indianapolis Colts drafted him in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football for the Brigham Young University Cougars. He also played in the NFL for the New England Patriots and in the Canadian Football League for the BC Lions. Collie was born in Canada to American parents Nicole and Scott Collie.

Collie's father played football at Brigham Young University from 1979 to 1982 and played professionally in the Canadian Football League for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and briefly in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers during the 1983 preseason. Collie starred as a wide receiver at Oak Ridge High School in California and won many awards. He was a PrepStar and SuperPrep All-American, and he was 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.

In December 2009, Collie's hometown newspaper, The Sacramento Bee, named him Sacramento Area's Player of the Decade. He 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 Garcon for the slot receiver position. However, Garcon soon jumped Collie on the depth chart shortly after that. He finished his rookie season in the NFL among the top statistical leaders for all rookies at the wide receiver position.

Collie started his second year strong, making several touchdown catches and establishing himself as Peyton Manning's go-to guy after Dallas Clark suffered a season-ending injury. However, in 2010, Collie was involved in a collision against the Philadelphia Eagles, in which he was hit on both sides of his head by Kurt Coleman and Quintin Mikell. He was taken off the field on a stretcher but was sitting up and moving after several minutes of working with medics. As a result of the collision, Collie suffered a concussion. Coleman was penalized for unnecessary roughness for the hit on Collie, but neither player was fined.

On December 19, 2010, Collie was hit in the head by Jaguars linebacker Daryl Smith and was down for several minutes. It was his second concussion-related injury that year and ultimately ended his 2010 season, placing him on injured reserve. After retiring from professional football, Collie joined Cognitive FX, a concussion treatment center in Provo, Utah. He's married with four children.

What religion is Austin Collie?

Austin Collie identifies as a Latter-day Saint. His favorite scripture is Doctrine and Covenants 6:36: 'Doubt not, fear not.' He attended BYU. After a two-year LDS Church mission to Buenos Aires, Argentina, he returned to BYU to earn second-team All-Mountain West Conference honors. He led the Cougars with 56 receptions for 946 yards, averaging nearly 73 yards a game. He also broke Pete Van Valkenburg's 35-year-old BYU record with 366 all-purpose yards against Tulsa and was named the MVP of the 2007 Las Vegas Bowl as he led BYU to a 17-16 win over UCLA.

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