Austin Collie's football career, which has been filled with plenty of highlights amid health issues during his pro years, has apparently come to a close.
The BC Lions of the Canadian Football League announced Wednesday that the former BYU star told the club he plans to retire. That brings to an end a pro career that began in 2009.
The 30-year-old Collie only played one season in the CFL, catching 43 passes for 439 yards and seven touchdowns while being reunited with former college teammate and quarterback John Beck. Collie also threw a pass for a 21-yard score in a season that was cut short by injury.
Beck, who threw for 498 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions in a backup role last year, has also retired from the game.
Collie was a fourth-round draft pick by the Indianapolis Colts in 2009, leaving BYU after his junior year. He played for three teams in five seasons in the NFL and had 179 receptions, 1,908 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns.
But concussions and other injuries marred a once-promising NFL career for Collie. His first season, he played in the Super Bowl for the Colts and, for a short time, was among the NFL's receiving leaders early in his second season. But that year, in 2010, Collie suffered a pair of concussions that cut short his season.
He was eventually released by the Colts, then played one season in 2013 with New England.
In Collie's final game in the NFL, as a member of the Patriots, he caught four passes for 57 yards playing against his first quarterback in the NFL, Peyton Manning, in an AFC Championship playoff loss to the Denver Broncos.
Collie left BYU as the Cougars' all-time leading receiver before being surpassed by Cody Hoffman in the record books four years later. He finished his time in Provo with 215 career receptions for 3,255 yards and 30 touchdowns.