Broncos defensive line coach Bill Kollar is retiring after 49 years of earned football pay

Kollar, Doleman, Watt and Wolfe’s fiery instructor, wants to spend more time with his grandchildren.

DENVER — If there was a Mount Rushmore of NFL position coaches, a piece of granite would have to be chiseled out for Bill Kollar.

Kollar was the NFL defensive line coach for 32 straight years before returning to defensive consulting this year. Kollar is retiring from coaching after the Broncos’ 31-28 win over the Los Angeles Chargers at Empower Field at Mile High on Sunday.

Interim head coach gave Kollar one of the balls. Kollar turned down numerous requests to talk about his retirement as he wanted to disappear unnoticed. sorry coach

Fittingly, Kollar exits the tournament at the same time as perhaps his most valuable student, defenseman JJ Watt. Kollar was an assistant to Gary Kubiak at the Houston Texans in 2011 when Watt became the team’s first-round draft pick. Watt received two of his three NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards in 2012 and 2014 while Kollar was his coach.

When Kubiak became the Broncos head coach in 2015, Kollar was one of his first hires. Kollar made the move in part because his son and two grandchildren live in the Denver area. Kollar, 70, and his wife Jan plan to spend more time with their son and grandchildren here and with another son and three grandchildren in the San Francisco area.

In his first year on the Denver coaching staff, Kollar was instrumental in bringing out the best in defensemen Derek Wolfe and Malik Jackson. The Broncos won Super Bowl 50 that year thanks to their iconic defense, which put relentless pressure on opposing quarterbacks like Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady and Cam Newton during their postseason run.

Kollar was a screamer who could be heard spouting obscenities as if it were part of English grammar textbooks, Kollar was the prototype of an old football coach. Kollar, an all-American defenseman at Montana State, was the 1974 Senior Bowl MVP. Kollar was a first-round draft pick (No. 23 overall) for the Cincinnati Bengals that year. He played for the Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers for eight seasons before beginning his coaching career in 1984 as an assistant on the defensive/special teams with the Bucs.

He then moved to the Big Ten, where he coached in Illinois and Purdue before earning his first coaching position on the NFL defensive line with the Atlanta Falcons in 1990.

Kollar played or coached football for a total of 49 years. Some of the top defensemen he coached included Hall of Famer Chris Doleman, All-Pro Kyle Williams, two-time Pro Bowler Aaron Schobel, Pro Bowlers Mario Williams, Antonio Smith and Watt, who is likely inductee of the first Ballot will be 5 years.

With the Broncos, Kollar coached players like Wolfe, Jackson, Dre’Mont Jones, Shelby Harris, DeShawn Williams, Domata Peko, Mike Purcell and Adam Gotsis, and helped coordinate the pass rush with edge rushers like Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware, Shaq Barrett and Bradley Chubb.



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