Oxy Football Star Dies at 27

Oxy Football Star Dies at 27
By Michael Wells
Sports Information Director

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Former Occidental College football player Andy Collins, three-time SCIAC Offensive Player of the Year and 2006 AFCA Quarterback of the Year, died Tuesday of an apparent heart attack. He was 27.

The official cause of death is still pending an investigation, but Collins was reportedly working out on a treadmill shortly before he collapsed. He was pronounced dead at the Imperial Point Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Collins, an American Football Coaches Association All-American, never lost a regular season game as the leader of the Tigers, but his legacy as a model Occidental student-athlete and person extends far beyond the playing field.

“In my opinion, Andy was the most dominant player in my 30 years of coaching football in our conference,” Occidental football coach Dale Widolff said of the 2007 graduate. “Muchmore importantly, he was a man who lived a life of great character and integrity in all that he did.

“His impact upon the members of the Occidental football family was profound. Those players and coaches fortunate enough to have toiled with him during his time at Occidental have been touched by a great young man.”

The Zillah, Wash.native went 27-0 during his tenure at Occidental from 2004-2006 after transferring from the University of Oregon. Upon graduating, Collins earned MVP honors for team USA, leading the squad to a 28-7 win over Mexico in the 2006 Aztec Bowl—an annual all-star game between the two countries.

Collins spent four years playing professional football, most notably with the Los Angeles Avengers and the Colorado Rush of the Arena Football League.
Andy is survived by his family andwife Brooke Olzendam.

A funeral service at Resurrection Parish in Zillah, Wash., will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday.

“His impact will be felt by all of us for the rest of our
lives, hopefully inspiring all of us to live more fulfilling lives,” Widolff said.