Alex Collins, a former Seahawks running back, died on Monday.
According to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, former Arkansas player Alex Collins, who had played five seasons in the NFL, died in a motorbike accident in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, on Sunday night.
He had reached the age of 28.
Collins was involved in a collision with a sports utility vehicle on West Oakland Park Boulevard, according to the news release. Collins’ motorbike collided with the SUV’s back passenger side as it was making a left turn, causing him to be catapulted from the bike and fall inside the car. His demise was officially pronounced at the location.
The accident is still being investigated.
Collins’ family stated in a statement posted Monday night, “Alex loved his family, friends, and supporters from all over the world.” Those who knew him well can witness to his inspiration, tenacity, and larger-than-life personality that transcended his life.”
Collins was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round in the 2016 NFL Draught, however, he was released a year later and went on to become a surprise star for the Baltimore Ravens in 2017. He led Baltimore in running yards with 973 and six touchdowns, which he celebrated with an Irish dance he learned from his high school football coach’s daughter.
“With profound sadness,” the Ravens conveyed, “we share our grief at the news of Alex Collins’ demise.” “Truly, he embodied benevolence, illuminating every path he treads with an unparalleled fervor and warmth quick with a smile and a warm welcome to everyone he met.” Alex will be remembered for the joy and love he brought into the lives of so many.”
Collins struggled to repeat his performance in 2018, as he was placed on injured reserve in December due to a foot ailment. Four months after being accused of weapons and drug offenses, the Ravens dismissed him. He returned to the Seattle Seahawks in 2020 and ’21, acting as the team’s primary back for a time following the injury of starter running back Chris Carson.
In a social media post, former Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson mentioned Collins as one of his favorite teammates.
Collins had just participated with the USFL’s Memphis Showboats this spring, dashing a 98-yard touchdown and scoring three times.
“Being around Alex was a joy, and he was a person whose light shone brightly,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. I’ll remember him as a fantastic colleague with an infectious energy who made a good influence on everyone around him. He was a clever player and a passionate competitor who raced with boundless determination and contributed significantly to our success in Baltimore.”
Collins created a name for himself in Arkansas, where he had three consecutive 1,000-yard running seasons and scored 20 touchdowns as a junior. He is one of only five players in SEC history, along with Herschel Walker, Kevin Faulk, Darren McFadden, and Benny Snell Jr., to carry for 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons, according to ESPN statistics and analysis.
“The Arkansas football team expressed profound sorrow over the unexpected and heartbreaking passing of Alex Collins in a statement shared on their social media platform. He was an outstanding Razorback and an even greater guy.”
Ryan Mallett, a backup quarterback for the Ravens who previously played college football at Arkansas, drowned in June while swimming with his fiancée in Florida at the outset of the summer heat.