Early Influence: Bill Kollar

Before training camps kick off, a number of players and some coaches will pay tribute to people who helped them make it to the NFL as part of the AFC South Blog’s summer series: “Early Influence.”

Bill Kollar, Texans defensive line coach

“The guy that I remember the most was is from when I played down in Tampa, which wasn’t that early. But he was Abe Gibron. He knew how to push hard and pull off and all that sort of stuff. I think he probably helped me out the most.

“To a certain extent, drills that we did that really ended up helping me and the other guys I was with back then, we do those here. We try to keep them just to defensive line play. The agility work, the bag work, the sleds, we do it to end up getting them better at specific techniques and stuff.

“He was probably the biggest influence on me. He did a lot to get the best out of me, there is no doubt about it. Not all players are the same, sometimes you’re on guys, they don’t like it, they go into a shell and stuff and other guys you better believe they need it, see it as a challenge or whatever.

“Abe used to always seem to know how to get the most out of us. We were good friends and ended up doing quite a few things together before he passed away.”