Kerry Collins isn't going to be remembered as a legendary figure in the history of pro football, but his numbers do match up well with some of the all-time greats. Now he's ready to challenge the music business.

The former Panthers, Saints, Giants, Raiders and Titans quarterback retired from the NFL earlier this month. He famously overcame a battle with alcoholism that went public in 1997.

Earlier this year Collins quietly made his onstage singing debut in Nashville during the 6th Annual Trent Willmon Ropin' Party. The country singer has worked with Collins on several songs and believes he's got legitimate musical talent.

Collins, 38, is turning his full focus to composing, telling the Tennesseean he's hopeful his songwriting career takes off.

With tunes in his ears, Collins chatted from Music Row in Nashville, surrounded by management company offices for country music icons Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson.

Collins will spend retirement on his 1,580-acre farm and ranch with his wife and daughter in Troy, North Carolina, where he can do lots of hunting and fishing.

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