NFL: 25 Most Surprising Pro Bowl Picks This Century: 6. 2009 Kerry Collins
Kerry Collins is definitely a quarterback in the NFL. He took a Giants team to slaughter, err, I mean the Super Bowl in 2001 to face the Baltimore Ravens. He was pretty good for the Carolina Panthers early in his career. He was supposed to use his big arm to make the best combination of all time with Randy Moss (it failed miserably). Then, he found a second wind with the Tennessee Titans.
This season was one of the most surprising quarterback seasons we’ve ever seen. Kerry Collins comes to a Titans team to play backup to Vince Young. Head coach Jeff Fisher falls in love with him, and he ends up carrying the team to a 13-3 record and a number-one seed in the AFC. This was the days of the AFC with peak Ben Roethlisberger and Peyton Manning, too (Tom Brady was hurt this season).
However, did Collins really deserve to make it to the Pro Bowl this season? He had less than 2,700 yards and just 12 touchdowns against 7 interceptions. Are those Pro Bowl numbers? No, the answer is no.
This selection shows that wins are still considered a quarterback stat. Sure, Collins proved that he didn’t lose games, but should that be enough to put him with some of the best quarterbacks in the league? Collins actually made two Pro Bowls in his career, and his first is just a strange as the second. He led the Carolina Panthers to a decent record in their second year in the league, but his stat line leaves a lot to be desired.