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Austin Collie Says He Won’t Retire After Another Concussion

Gregg Doyle from CBSSports.com reports Austin Collie has had at least three concussions since November 2010, the first one particularly vicious, the most recent concussion Sunday against the Steelers.

His dad has seen them all on television, including the one Sunday when Collie caught a pass, was hit by Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor, then finished off by a forearm to the helmet from linebacker Larry Foote

Back home in Sacramento, Austin Collie’s dad had a thought.

“Is this the one,” Scott Collie wondered, “that’s going to be the breaking point?”

The son is the story, but Scott Collie is the prism through which I wanted to see it. He’s a former receiver himself — he caught a pass from Steve Young at BYU, then played four years in the Canadian Football League — but above all else he’s a father. He’s the father, specifically, of an NFL player who has suffered three concussions in 21 months.

This was a delicate phone conversation, as you can imagine. Part of me wanted to know how Scott Collie had handled the news of his son’s latest concussion. But part of me wanted to know, had to know, if Austin wanted to keep playing — and whether the father would allow it.

We’ll let Scott Collie answer that last question first.

“He’s going to keep playing — so long as the Colts will have him,” Scott told me. “I don’t know what 26-year-old is going to listen to his dad. I can advise. I can’t tell him to stop.”


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