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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Another NFL player gets shot.

Several times, while waiting in a car outside a Jacksonville apartment building, according the Associated Press.

Back-up Jaguars offensive tackle Richard Collier was the victim. He was with former teammate Kenneth Pettway at the time. Pettway, who didn't make the Jags' roster in the last round of cuts, was uninjured.

What a bad run of violence against NFL players. A snip:

Collier is the third NFL player to be shot in the past 18 months. Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor was fatally shot during what police said was a botched burglary attempt at his Miami-area home in November. Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was killed when his rented limousine was sprayed with bullets minutes after leaving a New Year's party at a downtown Denver club in 2007.

Entering his third year after making the team as an undrafted rookie free agent, Collier competed for the starting job at left tackle but was beaten out by Khalif Barnes in the preseason.

Still, the Jaguars believe Collier could be a future starter. They even signed him to a contract extension earlier this year — despite his arrest last season.

Then it goes on in great detail about the 26-year-old's DUI arrest from 2007. Frankly, I'm not sure about the relevance of all that. Doesn't seem like an apples-to-apples comparison there.

It sounds like Collier could have been one of those pleasing NFL success stories, considering his time stocking grocery shelves before embarking on his college career. Now everything's up in the air.

Posted by John Shultz.

Oh, and a belated hat tip to The Golfer. He appears to have been posting on this at the same time I was.

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