It has been almost two years (maybe it has been two full years) since the EFL was first founded. The inaugural draft class, like most league launches, was predictably massive and chock full of talent. Many names that stand atop the record books today were names from that draft class. Some guys decided to play down in college for a little longer but even then, you could probably consider some of them as season one players. However there is one name that was called on draft day to very little fanfare and a name that didn't stand out as being an important member of the league for several seasons, and that name is Bobby Collins. As the last season 1 player left, Collins will be the oldest and most experienced player on the field in season 14.
While the beginning of his career was quiet, mostly spending time as a lead blocker and not doing much in the way of rushing or receiving Collins soon found his calling as a tight end for the LA Reign. Those who played fantasy will remember the seasons where Bobby Collins was guaranteed to get you 1000 yards at the tight end position for a pretty reasonable cost. Those days didn't last forever though, and eventually age caught up to him. The Reign traded Collins away, or maybe they exposed him in the expansion draft, I don't quite remember. After a quick scare last season where evil head office tried to force Collins to retire, unsuccessfully, he returned to the field putting up respectable numbers, although a far cry from what he was at his peak.
This season Bobby Collins looks to have lost a pretty significant step. He likely will not be the man he once was. His hands aren't as great, his speed has slowed significantly, and he doesn't block the same as he used to. However Bobby is determined to get out there one more time and prove that all those years ago teams made a mistake passing on the man who would become one of the best tight ends in the league. While younger tight ends like Crittenden are a sure lock to beat Collins' career yards record, his blocking might never be surpassed, allowing only 5 sacks in 13 seasons of play.
The question remains where Bobby will play out his final season. He has enjoyed his time the past season playing for the San Antonio Wolfpack and is definitely considering returning. He also wouldn't mind a return to the LA Reign to end his career where it started. Also he just wouldn't mind a team that had excess cap space to throw at him to help mitigate the toll the 13 seasons have taken on his body. Finally, one has to consider the prospect that Bobby Collins could be in contention for a Hall of Fame berth in the upcoming seasons. With his longevity combined with a very high peak and unparalleled blocking ability the voters might give him the nod, but only time will tell.