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Collin Mooney Sr.
Mooney with the Atlanta Falcons
Born April 3, 1986(1986-04-03) (age 35)
Houston, Texas

Collin Karl Mooney (born April 3, 1986) is an American football fullback who last played for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL) before being released on February 15, 2016. He played college football for the Army Black Knights of the United States Military Academy. Mooney is West Point's all-time single-season rushing leader with 1,339 yards.[1] In the last play of the 2008 Army-Navy Game, his final college game, he bested Mike Mayweather's record by a single yard.[1][2][3] Mooney played for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.[4]

Early years[]

Mooney was born in Houston, Texas to Chuck and Kris Mooney. Mooney attended highschool at James E. Taylor where he played on both sides of the ball as a fullback and linebacker. He was a three-year letterwinner in football and earned All-Academic team honors all four years. Mooney also played baseball and belonged to the National Honor Society.[5]

College career[]

File:CollinMooneyEMU.jpg

Mooney rushes against Eastern Michigan.

Mooney first played in the 2006 season and saw action in nine games, including a role on special teams. In 2007, Mooney played as a back-up in all 12 games.[5]

In 2008, Mooney ran for a school record 1,339 yards in 12 games. In an overtime loss against Buffalo, Mooney rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns including an 81-yard touchdown run. For his performance against the Bulls, who went on to beat undefeated Ball State for the MAC championship, Mooney was honored with a "helmet sticker" by ESPN.[6] In a loss at Rice, Mooney picked up 61 yards in a touchdown run.[5] Mooney scored four touchdowns in the 44–13 victory over Tulane. For this, he was bestowed West Point's Black Death Award for "near perfect play", named the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week, and nominated for the AT&T All-America Player of the Week honors.[5][7][8]

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Collin Mooney (#30) takes a hand-off from Chip Bowden (#10) against Buffalo.

In the last play of his final game for West Point, the 2008 Army-Navy Game, Mooney beat the old school record for single-season rushing by one yard, setting the new record at 1,339 yards.[1] The record was previously held by Mike Mayweather, who still holds the West Point record for career rushing.[2][9] Army defensive coordinator John Mumford caused some controversy earlier in the season when he stated that "Collin Mooney is probably better than any Navy fullback we've ever faced. Not to compliment Navy, but that's a compliment to Collin."[10]

Mooney played for the East squad in the 2009 East-West Shrine Game.[11][12] He served three years as an Army officer before being granted a release to play professional football.[13][dated info]

Statistics[]

 Army   Rushing   Receiving   Returning
Season Games Att Yds Avg Lg TD Rec Yds Avg Lg TD Kick Yds Lg TD
2006 9 1 9 9.0 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 37 21 0
2007 12 5 13 2.6 6 0 5 45 9.0 21 0 2 39 21 0
2008 12 231 1,339 5.8 81 8 9 59 6.6 26 0 0 0 0 0
Career 33 237 1,361 5.7 81 9 14 104 7.4 26 0 5 76 21 0

Professional career[]

Mooney was signed by the Tennessee Titans on May 1, 2012 after going undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft.[14] After seeing modest playing time in the 2012 and 2013 seasons[4] for the team, Mooney was waived by the Tennessee Titans on August 29, 2014.[15]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Victory at Sea: Navy routs Army in 109th meeting, ESPN, December 6, 2008.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mark Brown, Brock takes page out of Navy book, The Star Bulletin, December 5, 2008.
  3. Collin Mooney shares his thoughts on the season and Navy Archived July 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., Rivals.com, October 2, 2008, accessed December 12, 2008.
  4. 4.0 4.1 http://www.nfl.com/player/collinmooney/2535667/profile
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Collin Mooney, GoArmySports.com, accessed December 6, 2008.
  6. Graham Watson, Helmet Stickers: Week 8 Archived October 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine., ESPN, October 19, 2008.
  7. Mooney Honored With Coveted Black Death Award, GoArmySports.com, October 6, 2008.
  8. Bruce Carter, Graham Harrell, Collin Mooney and Juice Williams Announced as Week..., Reuters, October 5, 2008.
  9. William N. Wallace, Mayweather Is a Real Foot Soldier, The New York Times, October 10, 1990.
  10. David Ausiello, Kettani Ready for Showdown with Army, Mooney Archived July 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., Scout.com, December 4, 2008.
  11. One uniform for another, Houston Chronicle, January 16, 2009.
  12. 84th Annual East-West Shrine Game: East Roster Archived February 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. (PDF), East-West Shrine Game, retrieved March 24, 2009.
  13. Katy-area back pins NFL dreams on Shrine Game, Houston Chronicle, January 16, 2009.
  14. "Titans sign fullback Collin Mooney after rookie spent past 3 years in Army". https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/redskins/titans-sign-fullback-collin-mooney-after-rookie-spent-past-3-years-in-army/2012/05/01/gIQAuAdyuT_story.html. Retrieved May 6, 2012. 
  15. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/08/29/titans-release-marc-mariani-on-way-to-53-players/

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