Collier shooting raises safety awareness for players

NFL players were so alarmed that Jaguars offensive tackle Richard Collier was shot in his car, that a Texas company that provides armored cars says its business is booming.

Jason Forston, executive vice president of marketing and sales for Texas Armoring Corp., in San Antonio, said his company has received a flurry of inquiries from NFL players seeking to protect themselves.

“I can’t say the number of players that have called, but it’s a lot,” Forston said. “On Thursday alone, about 20 players called. I’ve gotten a hell of a lot of e-mails also, and I’m way behind on answering them.”

Texas Armoring has provided similar services for numerous international clients, many of whom are political figures, Forston said. The company strips a car and remakes it with bulletproof steel and glass. Basic packages cost $80,000, but Forston said some cars can cost around $500,000.

But it has not stopped NFL players from calling in and placing orders. “There are very few companies worldwide that offer our level of protection,” Forston said. “We’ve been in this over 30 years. Our name is synonymous with armored passenger vehicles. We’ve been on National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, and people know about us.”

Now, sadly, even more do.

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