Thursday, the former All-American and All-SEC standout, whose teams posted a 26-20 mark and went to two bowl games, was recognized for his tenacious style of play when he was named Mississippi State’s SEC Legend.
Collins, who currently resides in his native Jackson, Miss., and the other 13 legends from each school will be honored at the 2013 SEC Football “Weekend of Champions” Dec. 6-7 in Atlanta. The annual SEC Legends Dinner presented by AT&T will be held Dec. 6 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta and the group will also be recognized prior to the SEC Football Championship Game, which will be held at the Georgia Dome on Sat., Dec. 7.
“It’s a great honor, for both myself and Mississippi State,” said Collins, whose 26 sacks are tied for the second most in school history. “I played with some great guys and teammates, and I had great coaches that taught me a lot.”
There’s no doubt he began to establish himself as fierce competitor his first three seasons with the Bulldogs. But it was in 1981 that he rose to fame nationally when he and the rest of Maroon & White defenders led a unit that held 11 opponents to 88 yards rushing per game and 261 yards in total offense per game — both Top 15 nationally.
Collins, who finished his career with 224 tackles and was inducted into the Mississippi State Sports Hall of Fame in 2000, helped the Bulldogs post an 8-4 record that season, including a 10-0 shutout victory in the Hall of Fame Bowl against Kansas. He was named first team All-American by Kodak and The Sporting News, and was a UPI First Team All-SEC choice. He finished his collegiate career by playing in the East-West Shrine Game and the Olympia Gold Bowl.
Collins, a member of the 1980 team that upset top-ranked Alabama in a historical 6-3 affair, was drafted in the first round of the 1982 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals and spent seven successful playing pro football, including stints with the San Francisco 49ers and the Indianapolis Colts.
2013 SEC Legends
Alabama, Marty Lyons
Arkansas, Wayne Martin
Auburn, Frank Sanders
Florida, Wes Chandler
Georgia, Tim Worley
Kentucky, Wilbur Hackett
LSU, Kevin Faulk
Mississippi State, Glen Collins
Missouri, Phil Bradley
Ole Miss, Jeff Herrod
South Carolina, Max Runager
Tennessee, Inky Johnson
Texas A&M, Jimmy Williams