Zaven Collins, raised by single mother Haley Collins, recently became the 16th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. During the draft, the Cardinals selected him. Cardinals sent their private jet to his home to pick him up. 

He is an American football linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League. Zaven played college football at Tulsa, was named a unanimous All-American, and won several defensive players of the year awards in 2020. The Cardinals drafted Collins in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on May 19, 1999, and later attended Hominy High School in Hominy, Oklahoma. Zaven played quarterback, linebacker, and safety in high school.

Collins had 4,084 rushing yards with 54 touchdowns during his career and passed for 3,056 yards and 32 touchdowns. Zaven committed to the University of Tulsa to play college football.

He played in 12 games and started 10 in 2018 after redshirting his first year at Tulsa in 2017. Zavenhad 85 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and one interception,

As a sophomore in 2019, Collins started all 12 games, recording 97 tackles and two sacks. He returned to Tulsa in 2020, where he was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Chuck Bednarik Award as the nation’s best defensive player, as well as the Lombardi Award.

Who Are Zaven Collins’s Parents?

Zaven is raised by his single mother, Haley Collins.

He grew up without a father but didn’t let it affect him. His dad was also a Hominy native. He has never been in the picture.

Haley was 21 when she got pregnant, not exactly something that was planned. She was inspired to get her life on track, go back to school, and work as a bailiff while she finished her degree.

Collins also took in her nephew, Peyton, 18 months younger than Zaven. She raised both of them together. She loved her boys, but she was hard on them.,