Former TJC Apache Collier Shot

Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Richard Collier has been shot and is facing life-threatening injuries. Collier is a former Tyler Junior College Apache.

Officials say Collier and former teammate Kenny Pettway of Gilmer were outside an apartment early Tuesday morning waiting for some women they met at a club when a gunman fired several shots into their car.

Collier was shot several times but it was not immediately clear where he was hit. Tuesday morning he underwent surgery. Pettway was not injured.

A motive for the shooting was also not known. The sheriff's office is investigating.

Pettway was cut by the Jaguars on Saturday.

Collier, from Shreveport, worked briefly for a two years after high school before enrolling at Tyler Junior College where he played for the Apaches in 2002 and 2003. He transferred to Valdosta State in 2004. Apache Athletic Director Tim Drain called Collier a "gentle giant" and said it was a shock to see his name it the morning headlines.

"It's been just a shock to see Richard's name attached with that story," Drain said. "I know Richard well enough to be able to tell you this, he had a great personality. He would come walking in and just beam a smile and easy going. So, that's not a name that I thought would come across the screen with that type of story. It's surreal in a way. Obviously our thoughts and prayers are with Richard and his family. We're thinking of him and hoping he comes through this alright."