2018

Sports Legend

Mark Collins Class of 1977

Mark was a gifted 3-sport athlete, playing baseball, basketball and football for the Bulldogs. He was elected captain of the varsity basketball team his senior year, and as a player Mark set a school record with 22 assists in one game. As a football player, Mark was voted 1st Team All-Western New York, where he was also named MVP of the All-Star game in 1977. Mark received the prestigious Art Howe Award for outstanding senior athlete that year. Mark had previously set a school record in football in ’76 with 6 interceptions in one season. Mark went on to play football and lacrosse at Hobart College, where he was selected First Team All ECAC for football his senior year, and was also a member of the 1980-81 and 1981-82 National Lacrosse Championship Teams. After college, Mark signed a free agent NFL contract to play for the Buffalo Bills, participating in the 1982 training camp and pre-season game. Mark was then signed by the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League. After much consideration, Mark decided to hang up his cleats and pursue law school. He has been practicing law in the family law firm since 1988. Mark’s love of sports continued on after his playing days ended. He was fortunate enough in 1996 to have the opportunity to work the broadcast booth of the high school All-Star Game. The producer liked Mark’s work and he was hired by Adelphia Cable Sports to be the color commentator on high school and college sporting event for the last 20 years. He has enjoyed the fun and privilege of broadcasting Hamburg Bulldog football and lacrosse games.