|No. 50, 55|
|Born:||June 11, 1958|
Orange, New Jersey
|NFL Draft:||1981 / Round: 2 / Pick: 43|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Collins graduated from West Morris Mendham High School in the Class of 1976, where, as a senior, he helped lead his high school football team to a still standing club record eight shutouts and its only state championship victory to date. He subsequently attended Syracuse University on a full athletic scholarship at linebacker. In 1980, Collins was an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press. He was later named to the Syracuse all-century team.
Collins was selected in the second round (43rd overall pick) of the 1981 NFL Draft as a linebacker by the Los Angeles Rams. He was considered a leader of the Rams' defense of the mid-1980s. He made one appearance in the Pro Bowl, with the Rams in 1985, and was a Pro Bowl alternate in 1984. Due to a shoulder injury, Collins spent the 1986 season on the injured reserve list. Overall, he played in the NFL for seven seasons with the Rams (1981–1985, 1987–1988), and then spent one season with the San Diego Chargers (1989).
- "James Collins, Football, 1976, 1978-80", Syracuse University Athletics (accessed 2014-02-05).
- "Overlooked Collins leads Ram defense", Associated Press in Star-News, January 2, 1986.
- Rich Roberts, "Jim Collins Can Only Watch . . . and Wait: Injured Ram Linebacker Realizes His Career May Be in Jeopardy", Los Angeles Times, October 29, 1986.
- Eisen, Michael (November 16, 1986). "Waiting game". Daily Record. Morristown, New Jersey. p. 40. Retrieved April 19, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
- "Rams". Los Angeles Times. November 13, 1986. p. 129. Retrieved April 18, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
- "Ram IT (NFL Rams Football Team) Song". Retrieved April 17, 2018 – via YouTube.
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