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Valdosta State player shot in Jacksonville

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By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

September 2, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -  An NFL and former Valdosta State player is in critical condition Tuesday after being shot several times in Jacksonville.

26-year-old Richard Collier is an offensive tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

He's number 76 here in practice.

Police say Collier and former Jaguar Kenneth Pettway were in a parked car when a gunman shot into their vehicle.

They were waiting for some women they had met at a club to come out of an apartment at around 2:30 Tuesday morning.

Investigators say Collier was struck several times. Pettway was not injured.

Collier transferred to Valdosta State in 2004.  Coaches says he helped the Blazers win the Division II national championship that season.

Police say his injuries are considered life-threatening and have no motive for the shooting.