-Hamilton Tiger-Cats Most Outstanding Player, 2014, 2015
2019: Blue Bombers
Collaros capped the 2019 season with a story-book ending, helping lead the Bombers to victory in the 2019 Grey Cup. He was 4-0 in his starts for the Bombers, including a come-from-behind 29-28 victory over the Calgary Stampeders in the regular season finale, followed by wins over the Stamps in the Western Semi-Final, the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Western Final and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 107th Grey Cup. In those four games he completed 67-of-97 passes for 851 yards with four touchdowns and one interception.
Collaros was acquired by the Bombers from the Toronto Argonauts on October 9, 2019 – the Canadian Football League trade deadline – along with a fifth-round selection in the 2020 draft in exchange for Winnipeg’s third-round selection in 2020 and, conditionally, the Bombers first-round pick in 2020. The pick was officially granted to the Argos on January 27, 2020 when Collaros signed a two-year contract extension with the Bombers.
He opened 2019 as the starting quarterback of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, but was injured on the first possession of the season and later traded to Toronto on July 31st for a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2020. He did not see any action between the season opener and his first start with the Bombers in October.
2018: Saskatchewan Roughriders
Collaros was traded by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to the Saskatchewan Roughriders on January 3rd, 2018 for a second-round draft pick. He started 14 games for the Riders in 2018, with the team posting a 10-4 record in those games, but was injured and not available for the team’s Western Semi-Final loss to the Bombers. Collaros completed 61.3 percent of his passes in 2018 for 2,999 yards with nine touchdowns and 13 interceptions while rushing for 103 yards on 24 carries. The Riders re-signed Collaros on February 12, 2019.
2014-17: Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Collaros signed with the Tiger-Cats as a free agent on January 30, 2014 and over the next four seasons would start 43 games. He passed for 11,342 yards in his four seasons in Hamilton with 66 touchdowns against 32 interceptions with his best year being 2015, in which he threw for 3,376 yards with a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 25:8 in just 12 games before a knee injury ended his season. In 2014, his first CFL season as the No. 1 starter, Collaros helped guide the Tiger-Cats to a 9-9 record and first-place in the East Division and then to a victory over the Montreal Alouettes before Hamilton fell 20-16 to Calgary in the Grey Cup. He was named the Ticats Most Outstanding Player in both 2014 and 2015.
2012-13: Toronto Argonauts
Collaros first signed in the CFL with the Argonauts on June 5, 2012, not long after a stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent. Collaros dressed for four games as a rookie in 2012 and then all 18 in 2013, including eight starts.
Collaros had an outstanding career at the University of Cincinnati, where he appeared in 41 games for the Bearcats, including 25 starts. He became the starter in 2010 and led the Big East in passing yards with 2,902 and in passing touchdowns with 26. Those numbers helped him in being selected the 2010 First-Team All-Big East quarterback.