Sunday will be a special day in one way for Tennessee Titans backup quarterback Kerry Collins.
It will be his first trip to the new Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and it will be his first time facing his old team, the New York Giants, there since he left after the 2003 season.
Collins made two trips back to old Giants Stadium since leaving there, but both those games were against the Jets, including a game last year when he was still the Titans' starting quarterback.
Both times he has gone against the Giants since leaving the team have been at his home stadium, once in Oakland and in 2006 in Tennessee.
Whether Collins gets into the game or not is certainly in question, though it was a surprise when he was brought off the bench to spell Vince Young in the fourth quarter last Sunday.
Nonetheless, he is looking forward to seeing what is new in his old stomping grounds.
“I'm excited about it. I've also heard some great things about it. It's gonna be really different,” Collins said. “That old Meadowlands stadium, a lot of history was made there, and I had a lot of games there that were very, very meaningful to me. But it's time to bring in the new and I'm looking forward to seeing what they came up with.”
Collins recalled his time with the Giants fondly, as he helped New York win the NFC Championship in 2002 and started Super Bowl XLV.
“I had five really good years there and I really enjoyed playing for them,” Collins said. “The organization was great and I really have a lot of fond memories of the people I played with and the people I worked with and the people that I still consider friends. It's definitely a place where I have a lot of fond memories from.”