September 22, 1976|
Charlotte, North Carolina
|Died:||October 26, 2014
Charlotte, North Carolina
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||325 lb (147 kg)|
|High school:||West Charlotte (NC)|
|NFL Draft:||1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23|
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Damon Jamal Collins (September 22, 1976 – October 26, 2014), nicknamed Mo Collins, was an American college and professional football player who was an offensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for six seasons during the 1990s and early 2000s. Collins played college football for the University of Florida, and was a member of a national championship team. The Oakland Raiders selected him in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft, and he played his entire professional career for the Raiders.
Collins was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1976. He attended West Charlotte High School in Charlotte, and he played high school football for the West Charlotte Lions. Collins was a key member of the Lions' North Carolina 4A state championship team in 1993. The Charlotte Observer ranked him as one of the top five high school football players in the state of North Carolina in 1993.
Collins accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Steve Spurrier's Florida Gators football team from 1995 to 1997. As a true freshman in 1994, Collins suffered a foot injury and was redshirted by the Gators coaching staff, but became a full-time starter the following season. Collins was a member of the 1995 Gators team that went 12–0 in the regular season and played the Nebraska Cornhuskers for the Bowl Alliance national title in the Fiesta Bowl, and the 1996 Gators team that defeated the Florida State Seminoles 52–20 to win the Bowl Alliance national championship in the Sugar Bowl. After his junior year in 1997, Collins decided to forgo his final year of NCAA eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.
Collins graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport sciences in 1998.
The Oakland Raiders selected Collins in the first round (twenty-third pick overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft, and he played for the Raiders from 1998 to 2003. In his six NFL seasons, Collins appeared in seventy-one regular season games and started in sixty-four of them.
Collins was hired as the head coach of the West Charlotte Lions football team of West Charlotte High School, his alma mater, on February 7, 2014. Collins died Sunday, October 26, 2014; he had been receiving dialysis treatment after suffering kidney failure.
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