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President-elect (2016) of the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS), Collins and his staff were selected the NFL Athletic Training Staff of the Year by the same organization in 2009.
Born in Lothian, Maryland, Collins was an aviation physiology technician in the U.S. Navy from 1980-84. He played basketball at Morris Brown College and earned a degree in physical education from San Diego State.
Collins was a Chargers intern in 1986 and promoted to assistant athletic trainer in 1987. He also worked as an orthopedic tech and surgical assistant for the OASIS Medical Group. In 1991, Collins was hired as an assistant in Denver and spent five seasons with the Broncos. He later spent a season with the World League’s London Monarchs (’95) and the ’96-98 seasons in Philadelphia before re-joining the Chargers in ’99.
Collins is a member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association and serves on the NFL’s Injury and Safety Panel. In 2005, he was named to the NATA Hall of Fame selection committee. He was formerly the AFC’s representative for the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society. In 2004, Collins was honored as a “Distinguished Alumnus” by San Diego State’s Exercise and Nutritional Sciences Department.
In 2012, Collins helped coordinate the opening of the Chargers Courage House at Casa de Amparo, a safe-house for abused kids. In 2013, he was selected to the executive board at Casa de Amparo as a liaison to the Chargers.
Collins has a son, James T. Collins III, a 2014 graduate of Creighton University.