Jaguars News | Jacksonville Jaguars - jaguars.com

The smile that lit up the night

7562.jpg


(on how it felt to go onto the field during the coin toss) "It was incredible man, just incredible. I haven't been on the field since August. It was really amazing. The crowd was going. I got chills. I still have chills. It's amazing, it really is."

(on how it was the first time he was able to see most of his teammates) "It's been good. I've been smiling. I saw everyone yesterday. I've been smiling since yesterday. It's always good to see my teammates and my family; my brothers. It's been really good."

(on if he talked to the entire team yesterday) "I came in and I just hung out. I've been in the film room and the meetings with the O-line. I talked to the team after practice. I didn't give them a pep talk. I just talked to them about how their prayers and support really got me through while I was in the hospital.

(on if it was hard coming back to the stadium)"It is a bittersweet moment because I'm here now but I'm not a player anymore. But it's also great realizing the love that's being shown from everybody, so it's great."

(on if he went into the locker room before the game) "No, I didn't go in before the game."

(on if he was in the locker room yesterday) "Yes, yesterday."

(on if he was nervous coming back to the stadium yesterday and today) "I was. But once I got here I just felt normal like I'm back at home. Everybody is showing me love and I'm feeling good."

(on if he heard the fans chanting "Collier") "Yes I did, and it was cool. I've never had my name chanted before so that was really good. It was cool."

(on if anyone has told him anything particularly special or meaningful)"Everybody keeps saying keep your head up, we love you and we're praying for you. One of the coaches told me his daughters pray for me every night. That was cool."

(on which coach told him that) "That was Coach (Mike)Shula."

(on how he is doing) "I'm doing great. I'm good, really good. I was telling people, believe it or not, that this is the happiest I've been in my entire life. I've learned a lot. I've grown from this situation and I've surprised myself on how I've come out of it. I feel really good."

(on if he is back at his home now) "Yes, I am home now."

(on if he thinks he'll visit often with the team) "Oh yeah, I'll always be around. I'm a Jaguar for life so I'll always come around."

(on if he gave any type of message to the players) "Yesterday, if I had anything to say it was to live your life because it's short; enjoy life and take it all in."

(on what type of rehab he still goes through) "I rehab everyday in my home. They're stretching me out. I'm not where I want to be, but I've come a long way."

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.

Related Content

Advertising