West Charlotte Head Football Coach Dies

       CHARLOTTE—West Charlotte High School football coach Mo Collins died on Sunday morning at the age of 38, according to the Charlotte Observer.

       Collins was a former lineman who played in the National Football League and did not coach in Friday night’s West Charlotte game against Hough due to dialysis treatment for kidney failure.

       Collins played at West Charlotte and was a member of the 1993 team that played in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4-A state championship game. He went to the University of Florida, where he was a three-year starter and played on a national championship team. Collins entered the NFL draft in 1998, after his junior season, and was selected by Oakland in the first round, with the 23rd pick overall.

       He played six seasons with the Raiders, including the 2002 Super Bowl against Tampa Bay. For his NFL career, Collins started in 64 of 71 regular-season games in which he appeared.

       Collins was a member of the West Charlotte coaching staff in 2013, coaching offensive linemen, and was in his first year as head coach.