A fourth-round pick by the Colts in the 2009 NFL Draft, Collie seemed destined to become yet another quality mid-round pickup by future Hall of Fame general manager Bill Polian — and an ideal fit for an Indy offense that had just lost another future Hall of Famer, Marvin Harrison, to retirement.
And Collie made an instant impact his rookie season in 2009, playing in all 16 games, starting five, and catching 60 passes for 676 yards and seven touchdowns. He was a key weapon for Manning and the AFC Champion Colts, who fell to the Saints, 31-17, in Super Bowl XLIV. During that playoff run, Collie had 17 receptions for 241 yards and two touchdowns, including seven receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown in Indy’s 30-17 win over the New York Jets in the AFC Championship Game.
Collie got off to another torrid pace to begin his second season in 2010; in the Colts’ first six games, he had caught 44 passes for 503 yards and six touchdowns; included in that run was an 11-catch, 163-yard, one-touchdown performance Week 1 against the Houston Texans, and a 12-catch, 171-yard, two-touchdown performance two weeks later against the Denver Broncos.
Unfortunately, that’s when the injuries started piling up. Concussions and knee issues from that point would limit Collie to 42 total games in Indianapolis, where he caught 173 passes for 1,845 yards and 16 touchdowns.
He’d end up playing in parts of seven games, with one start, for the New England Patriots in 2013 — catching six passes for 63 yards — before wrapping up his playing career with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. In his one CFL season, Collie caught 43 passes for 439 yards and seven touchdowns.