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Kerry Collins makes final visit to stadium he once rocked

Kerry Collins leads the Titans into Giants Stadium Sunday for his final regular-season visit to his old football home.

This isn't baseball, so thus far there haven't been many articles written about the emotional impact of bidding the old barn adieu, but Collins played a key role in one of its most memorable games.

I happened to be standing in the tunnel leading to the players' parking lot when Collins left the place for the final time as a Giant the Monday morning after the 2004 draft, and I asked him to name his best moment there.

He said it was fullback Greg Comella falling backward to catch the second of Collins' five TD passes in a 41-0 demolition of the Vikings in the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 14, 2001.

It was one of only two pro football championship games played (so far) in the 33-year history of the building. (The Giants also won the other one by shutout, in 1987.)

History has vindicated the Giants' decision to cast their lot with Eli Manning, but Collins still should be recalled among the handful of best quarterbacks in the franchise's long history.

Photo: AP

 

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