Tim Collier played three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and made it to the Super Bowl once.
But the cornerback never got to play in the big game.
Collier sat out the 1984 season with a torn Achilles' suffered in the offseason, before the 49ers went on to defeat the Miami Dolphins 38-16 in Super Bowl XIX at Stanford Stadium.
Coincidentally, that's the same injury that felled his son-in-law and ex-Bullard High star Anthony McCoy of the Seattle Seahawks last May, forcing the tight end to miss the rest of the season, including Sunday's NFC championship against the 49ers.
"It's funny how history repeats itself," said Collier, an eight-year NFL veteran with 15 career interceptions who played with the 49ers from 1982-84.
"Anthony is in the same exact same predicament, if Seattle goes on and wins the Super Bowl. He's part of the organization, but he can't play or wasn't able to play because he tore his Achilles'....
"No one can foresee an injury like that, that's going to take you out of the game for a while. The difference between the two is I was an older player ... and that injury pretty much took me out at that time because technology is not like it is now. Anthony is younger and technology for the medical treatment is there. (49ers wide receiver Michael) Crabtree is a prime example of that. He's able to come back and is playing fantastic. I think because Anthony is younger, the same thing is going to happen to him. We look forward to him coming back and playing well."
Collier, a 59-year-old marketing director for a wellness company, moved his family from the Bay Area to Fresno 15 years ago. He was tired of constant traffic congestion and wanted something with a slower pace for his two daughters, including Ashley, a former Bee basketball All-Star who married McCoy last year.
Collier said he spoke to McCoy during the week but they didn't talk about the game, although Collier added he knows that McCoy is "chomping at the bit."
"He's a little anxious," Collier said. "He wants the team to win but he wishes that he can also contribute, and that's a lot of anxiety. You can't help what happened. ... All you have to do is look forward."
As far as who he's rooting for, Collier made one thing clear: He wants to see McCoy with a Super Bowl ring, just like his.
"Either way, I can't lose," Collier said. "I'd love to see the 49ers get the sixth ring. If Seattle wins, that's OK with me. I want Anthony to experience the extra money and having the ring."
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