The Dallas Cowboys signed La’el Collins as a rookie free agent after he had to pull out of the 2015 NFL Draft for personal reasons. Despite being the rookie newcomer on a line that opened holes for the 2014 rushing champion (DeMarco Murray, 1,845 yards), Collins’ hard work early in 2015 paid off as he took over the starting left guard spot six games in. By season’s end, Collins played in 12 games with 11 starts, helping Darren McFadden to his second career 1,000-yard season, and giving Dallas glimpses of yet another young and talented piece to a dominating offensive front. His second season barely got underway as a toe injury suffered in Week 3 landed him on Reserve/Injured for the sea- son. Collins returns in 2017 looking to build off his experience and help solidify one of the league’s top offensive lines.
- Played in 12 games with 11 starts as a rookie free agent, helping McFadden to his second career 1,000-yard season, including five games with 100-or-more yards - second in his career.
- Made his NFL debut rotating series at left guard with Mackenzy Bernadeau as Ronald Leary (groin) was sidelined for the win at Philadelphia (9/20).
- Made his first career NFL start with Leary (groin) sidelined against Atlanta (9/27), and helped the Dallas ground game average 6.0 yards-per-carry (21 for 127) with four touchdowns - the most since four at Arizona (11/15/98).
- Took over the starting spot in place of Leary at the N.Y. Giants (10/25) and helped the offense rush for 233 yards with one touchdown on 41 carries (5.7) as the unit racked up 460 total yards.
- Against Seattle (11/1) helped open holes for a running game that averaged 4.3 yards-per-carry (30 for 129) while yielding one sack on 27 dropbacks.
- Against Philadelphia (11/8) helped the offense rack up 411 yards as McFadden topped 100 rushing yards (117) and two receivers (Cole Beasley, 112, and Dez Bryant, 104) both topped 100 receiving yards to mark the first time since 1999 Dallas had a pair of 100-yard receivers along with a 100-yard rusher.
- Dallas rushed for 166 yards on 38 carries (4.4) and McFadden topped 100 yards (129) at Miami (11/22).
- Blocked for an offense that rushed for 171 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries (8.6), including long runs of 50, 45 and 22 yards at Green Bay (12/13).
- McFadden rushed for his fifth 100-yard game and the line blocked for Kellen Moore’s NFL debut after he stepped in for Matt Cassel at the beginning of the second quarter against the N.Y. Jets (12/19).
- In Moore’s first career start, did not yield a sack on 31 attempts as the running game averaged 4.8 yards-per- carry (25 for 121) at Buffalo (12/27).
- Inactive with an ankle injury for the season finale at Washington (1/3/16).
- One of the top offensive linemen in LSU history, capping off his career with the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the top offensive lineman in the SEC as voted by league coaches.
- Three-year starter at left guard (sophomore) then left tackle (junior and senior).
- Played in 45 games with 38 starts through his collegiate career.
- Was a 2014 USA Today and AP second-team All-America pick and first-team All-SEC by coaches and AP.
- Started all 13 games at left tackle for LSU as a senior and was the recipient of the Charles McClendon Award for the most outstanding player on the team.
- Started 12 games at left tackle as a junior after playing guard the previous two seasons.
- As a sophomore, started all 13 games at left guard and was an honorable mention All-SEC pick.
- Played in seven games as a reserve offensive lineman as a freshman.
- One of the top offensive tackles in the nation out of Redemptorist High School in Baton Rouge, La.
- Was a 2011 Parade first-team All-America and a five-star prospect by every major recruiting source.
- Named to the Louisiana 3A all-state team in each of his final three prep seasons.
- Majored in sports administration at LSU.
- 2015 Rookie Club presented by UnitedHealthcare.
- 2015-17 Dallas Cowboys U High School Camp.
- 2015 Early Thanksgiving Day meal at The Salvation Army.
- WrestleMania 32 week community event at Dave & Buster’s for Make-a-Wish.
- 2016 Dirk Nowitzki Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game.
- 2017 Dallas Cowboys Draft Day/Fan Appreciation Party.
- 2017 Taste of The Cowboys benefiting North Texas Food Bank.
- Annual Team Holiday Hospital Visits.
- Kick Off Luncheon and Dallas Cowboys Family Cookbook benefiting Happy Hill Farm.
- Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Program.
- Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.