Zaven Collins is in Arizona and is officially a Cardinal. After making the trip by plane with Cardinals owner, Michael Bidwill, he’s beginning to settle into the new reality of being an NFL player.
The Cardinals organization was sure to make Collins’ flight into the Valley one to remember.
“Small town, big dreams and hard work.”
First round pick @ZavenCollins looks out over the stadium of his alma matter, @HominyHS (Collins was valedictorian) in his Oklahoma hometown (population 3,500) en route to the next chapter in Arizona. pic.twitter.com/UNE1WQOIpe
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) April 30, 2021
“We flew over Tulsa and I was showing him some places and we flew over my hometown,” Collins said.
“Mr. Bidwill went out of his way,” said Collins. “He didn’t have to do that, he wanted to.”
Now that he’s in Arizona, the 6-5, 259-pound linebacker is looking forward to playing alongside Kyler Murray.
“He’s an unreal dude,” said Collins. “He’s a better person than he is an athlete and that says a lot because he’s an unreal athlete.”
Collins believes that Murray is “one of the best to ever do it.”