Entering a contract season, many have placed New England Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins under the burden of high expectations.
The freakish athlete isn’t phased by what’s expected of him. He’s recorded 40 tackles, 1 sack and 2 interceptions in six games this season while blocking out the hype.
“That’s life,” Collins told the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe. “Everybody always sets the bar higher than what it is for you, or higher than what you have it. That’s just life. That’s with everything. It’s not just football. It’s life. It’s just what it is. That’s the way people are.”
It’s been a great season for Collins despite missing one game due to injury, but that doesn’t mean he’s free from being unfairly criticized. That’s something Collins said he doesn’t care about whatsoever.
“I mean, it doesn’t affect me at all,” Collins told Howe. “I’m going to do my business regardless. But that’s the thing. That’s what I’m saying. That’s everybody else’s pedestal, not mine. I handle my business or whatever it is, and I do what I do. Everybody else can take it how they want to take it.”
Collins will get his next opportunity to shine Sunday afternoon when the Patriots square off against the Bills. If he continues to impress, he could be in for a major payday.
That should be enough money to block all of the haters.