Austin Collie has accomplished a great deal on the football field during his three seasons with the Colts. He is also making an impact off the field through various charity and community organizations. Collie served as host of the 8th Annual Tackling Homelessness event Sunday night at the Colts Complex.
"It has been a humbling experience to see what they (the Horizon House) do and how they help people get back up on their feet after not really having the right opportunity," explained Collie. "To give those people a second chance...to go at it and have another life is tremendous and I'm glad I'm a part of it."
Collie credits Dallas Clark for recruiting him to the Horizon House early in his Colts career. Quite a few of Collie's teammates, including quarterback Andrew Luck offered their support Sunday night signing autographs for those in attendance.
As Collie prepares for his fourth NFL season, the support from the fans has been very important. Collie suffered a concussion last week's preseason loss to the Steelers. While the team is still ruling him day-to-day, many fans and media members have expressed concern about whether he should continue to play football.
Collie asked that no questions be asked about his head, but did have a message to the Colts fans and provide a glimpse into his current thought process.
"The fans are great. I know everybody wants what is best for me and for my family," said Collie. "It has been a humbling experience just being here these last four years and just seeing how much the fans have been in my corner. That is why they are the best fans in the world. I love them, I'm thankful for their concern with everything that has gone on. I love football and I'll play until I can't play anymore."
Regardless of what happens over the next few weeks or years Austin Collie feels a great deal of appreciation for the Colts fans. All of those positively impacted by the fine job done by the Horizon House are just some of the recipients of Collie's good deeds in Indianapolis.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times