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Helmets Off

Jan 18, 2018

Former Super Bowl Champion Linebacker Andre Collins who is now the Director of Former Players in the NFL Players Association.  Scott played 12 years in the NFL and had a contract one year and the next year he didn’t have one.  It was really hard for Andre to retire too because you are used to spending a lot of time on football.  It took Andre two years to figure out what he was going to do next.  He first job out of the NFL was an emergency room administrator at a hospital in Virginia.  Working for the NFLPA was like getting drafted again.

Andre says he was a good tackler but not a hard hitter.  He remembers hitting a guy so hard that the ball flew 40 yards behind the running back. 

Andre’s darkest moment as a kid, he fell into his mom’s bushes and was grounded for 30 days and that was brutal for him because he was very active and would always play outside.  Andre does miss the energy of an NFL game but is now living through his son and enjoys watching him. 

He realized that he would play division one football back in high school and his brother-in-law told him.  He knew he would be an NFL linebacker when he was a junior at Penn State.  He chose to go to Penn State because of the success.  He received letters from a lot of schools but his parents really wanted him to go to Penn State.  Andre wanted to go to Illinois but now he is really glad that he went to Penn State and played for Joe Paterno.  Penn State is known for their linebackers and “Linebacker U” and that is a big accomplishment for Andre to play that position at that university. 

The horrible news that happened in recent years is about the sexual abuse scandal at Penn State from former coach Jerry Sandusky.  Working with him closely as a captain in his senior year, he never had a clue what was going on.  Now that Andre looks back on it, Jerry did seem a little bit odd. He is happy at the way that Penn State is bouncing back and the contributions of the university to the community during the time.

Time for the Gauntlet of Truth, which one meant more than him, the national championship in college or the Super Bowl.  He said the National Championship.  Which shocked Scott.  But it was more of a relief to win a Super Bowl.  Which era and team in the NFL would Andre have loved to play for?  The 1991 Redskins, the team that he played for.  His biggest regret in life is making a face behind the back of his high school English teacher.  He was ratted out by his classmates.  His greatest takeaway from life is that life isn’t fair but you can’t carry that around and just keep going and be in your own race.  Besides his spouse and parents, his biggest influence in life is his sports performance trainer.

Scott Mitchell takes his helmet off to show you the inside scoop of all kinds of sports from football to even golf. Scott Mitchell is a former NFL quarterback who was a star quarterback at the University of Utah before going on to have a professional career playing with the Miami Dolphins, the Orlando Thunder, the Detroit Lions, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Cincinnati Bengals. Scott also hosts the podcast Rivals with former NFL player Jason Buck.

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