Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 4/29/13
New Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins is a Mississippi boy at heart, and he’s got some big Mississippi ties. So big, in fact, they even extend to future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre. Collins has spent his entire life in Mississippi, growing up in McCall Creek, Miss. and deciding to staying home to play college football at Southern Mississippi. Considering both have a great football prowess in the state, it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that Collins is actually quite friendly with Favre — even going out fishing together in the past. “It was pretty cool going out there with Brett Favre,” Collins said after being drafted by the Patriots this weekend. ” He’s a nice guy. I’m a big fisherman, coming from down here in the country. I just try to do stuff like that to keep me out of the streets or doing some other stuff. I just do stuff like that to keep me occupied. Fishing is one of my hobbies. I love fishing.” Collins also shares an agent with Favre, and they do talk from time to time. So, with no real expectations of what to expect on draft weekend, Favre reached out to Collins to offer some advice. “He texted me a couple weeks ago, maybe two weeks ago,” Collins said. “He was telling me about the whole process and stuff like that. Bus Cook, my agent, that was his agent so we just talked. I’m just trying to get the scoop on how things go.” In the end, everything seemed to work out just fine for Collins on draft night. The Patriots selected Collins in the second round on Friday night and from the sounds of it, Bill Belichick has some lofty expectations for the versatile defender. And having a future Hall of Famer like Favre in his corner can only help in that quest. Have a question for Luke Hughes? Send it to him via Twitter at @LukeFHughes or send it here. Photo via College Press Box
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