According to Dan Barnes of Postmedia on Thursday, wide receiver Ricky Collins Jr. of Tyler, Texas has announced his retirement from the Canadian Football League at age 28. Collins Jr. played four seasons in the CFL from 2016 to 2019. He was with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2016 and 2017, the British Columbia Lions in 2018, and Edmonton in 2019.
Collins was cut by the Edmonton Football Team on January 31. He has decided to dedicate his time to coaching football in Texas.
In 2019, Collins had his finest CFL season. He had career highs in receptions (78), yards (1103), yards after catch (459), touchdown catches (three), and longest catch (83).
Collins had two fantastic games with Edmonton against the Montreal Alouettes in 2019. In the season opener, he had 12 catches for 175 yards in a 32-25 win, and then on November 10, Collins had seven catches for 117 yards in a 37-29 Edmonton win in the Eastern Semifinal. Collins also reached the 100-yard plateau in a 28-21 Edmonton loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on June 27 (eight catches for 107 yards), and on August 3 in a 24-18 Edmonton loss to the Calgary Stampeders (six catches for 148 yards). Also in the game against Calgary, Collins had the 83-yard catch and two touchdowns.
In Collins’s career, he had 186 catches for 2434 yards and seven touchdowns. He also had three rushes for nine yards, 11 punt returns for 67 yards, nine kickoff returns for 17 yards, and one missed field goal return for 38 yards.