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Editorial: Collier's Number Retirement Overdue

Amidst all the furor concerning Brett Favre and Green Bay let’s not overlook a long overdue announcement about another former Southern Miss quarterback. 

Even before Favre dazzled USM fans and did so much for the Golden Eagle program there was another quarterback whose run-pass option style and unbelievable leadership and breathtaking athleticism really put Southern Miss on the national map. 

Reggie Collier and company got the team nationally ranked and beat infamous football powerhouses including a famous win over Alabama in Tuscaloosa while they were still coached by the legendary Bear Bryant after tying them the year before.

Collier played from 1979 through 1982 and in 1981 became the first Division 1 quarterback to ever both rush for 1000 yards and pass for 1000 yards in the same season. Pryor to this week’s announcement only 2 football players had had their numbers retired at Southern Miss, the aforementioned Favre’s famous number 4 and outstanding kicker Ray Guy’s number 44. 

Guy went on to become a phenomenon with the Oakland Raiders as well. But Reggie Collier’s number 10 has been long over due for retirement for years. It’s finally going to happen in October on the same week he is deservedly inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. 

Reggie Collier is currently continuing to help the Golden Eagles in a number of ways, and we are delighted with this announcement. 

Congratulations “Number 10”. It’s about time. I’m Jim Cameron…let us hear from you.

Contact Jim Cameron at jcameron@wdam.com

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