Austin Collie sat on a table in a hallway at University High School, causally flexing his surgically-repaired right knee.

His baseball cap was turned backwards, but his blue eyes stared straight ahead toward a future that’s uncertain only in terms of the receiver’s next team.

“I’m playing,’’ he said Saturday afternoon in an interview with The Star. “Right now, it would take a doctor to tell me, ‘You can’t play anymore.’

“I feel like this is a gift that I’ve been given, and personally I feel I should still be doing it. That’s just me.’’

Collie paused. He considered his Friday meeting with Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, general manager Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano at the team’s Northwestside complex. They told Collie he would not be re-signed and his contract would be allowed to expire March 12.

Collie appreciated being informed of the decision in person.

“They showed a lot of class,’’ he said. “I told Mr. Irsay thanks for everything, thanks for giving me a shot.’’