Louis Collins was born in Jamestown December 4, 1890. He played left end and was captain of the 6-0-1 Jamestown High School football team of 1909, which outscored its opponents 102-22 with four shutouts, including a 0-0 deadlock with Meadville. Collins performed at end for three seasons, weighing only 128 pounds and was fast as a deer in the open field.
In the spring of 1910, he played third base on the 7-0 baseball squad that outscored the opposition 59-16. While in high school, Collins also went out for basketball, but the team was disbanded when some of the players made off with a tub of ice cream left in the gym for a teachers' party.
Collins graduated in 1910 and played baseball, football and basketball at the YMCA and was one of the original members of the well-known Spirals basketball team. His baseball career ended, believe it or not, when he hurt his arm throwing green apples. While playing for the YMCA football team, he was on the field the day the locals whipped Alfred University, 88-0, in a scrimmage. The Alfred team was so banged up it was forced to postpone its next game.