Former Penn State great Kerry Collins was named to the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 on Monday, and fans have responded by showing their love and support for the former Nittany Lions quarterback.
Collins joined the Big Ten Network on Monday to discuss his upcoming induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Collins said over the phone. “It’s a great honor and there’s a lot of great events coming up. Everybody had been absolutely, I mean, the responses have been overwhelming, I really, really appreciate the love and support.”
While the announcement may have been news to to everyone else on Monday, Collins said that he found out about his placement in the Class of 2018 around Christmas.
“I found out about it during Christmastime,” Collins said. “The National Football Foundation sent a letter, telling me I was elected into it. I was extremely excited.”
When asked where this ranks among his career accomplishments, Collins said that this is one of the greatest accomplishments and that he couldn’t have done it without the help of “so many people.”
“It’s a great individual honor, and gosh, its a not a very long list of people when you consider all the people that have played college football over the years,” Collins said. “It’s a lot of people. To be recognized this way is fantastic. I think about the people I played with and what it took, and I owe so much to so many people for all the success I had in my career. It’s great. It’s very flattering, and I know a lot of people had a hand in getting me to where I’m at.”
In addition, Collins was asked about the 1994 Penn State football team, which went 12-0 and finished its season by defeating Oregon in the Rose Bowl.
“We were really, really, really good,” Collins said. “You look at the balance, first of all, of our offense, we were prolific not only running the ball, but throwing the ball. We were just extremely balanced, and we didn’t turn the ball over a lot.
“We just had so many great players and so much talent. I was a beneficiary of having so many great players around me. There were Pro Bowlers in there, there’s a lot of people playing a long time in the NFL. I mean, its amazing to think that much talent kind of hit at one time at one place. I was surrounded by some great football players.”
For the Big Ten Network’s full interview with Collins, see below:
"I owe so much to so many people, for all the success I had in my career."
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) January 8, 2018