NASHVILLE, Tenn. --Sticking around the NFL for 16 seasons means racking up some nice career numbers, and now Tennessee quarterback Kerry Collins is close to passing a couple of the league's greatest quarterbacks.
Collins needs 13 completions to pass Joe Montana (3,409) for ninth all-time in that category. Collins also has 39,906 yards passing, and with 94 more he becomes the 12th player in NFL history to throw for 40,000 yards in a career. If he throws for 334 yards in the Titans' final two games, he'll pass Johnny Unitas (40,239) for 11th overall.
That's company that impresses Collins' teammate, Randy Moss.
"Just to see him to be able to reach a milestone accomplishment like that, that's something he can really hang his hat upon, 40,000, beating Johnny Unitas,'' Moss said. "That's a legendary quarterback, so for him to be in front of Johnny U, that's saying something.''
Collins already ranks ninth in career attempts with 6,087 passes. Collins said the idea of passing Unitas is cool, but hasn't really hit him yet.
"I'm just focused on what we're doing here. Maybe later on down the road I'll look back and see it as a nice accomplishment. It's one of those things I just don't think about a lot,'' Collins said.