Alex Collins, a former running back for Arkansas who later played five seasons in the NFL, died on Sunday night in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, after being involved in a motorcycle accident, According to a news release from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.
Alex Collins, former Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens rushing leader, died after colliding with a sport utility vehicle.
Alex Collins was 28.
According to the news release, Collins struck a sport utility vehicle on West Oakland Park Boulevard. Collins’ motorcycle collided with the SUV’s rear passenger side as it was turning to the left, sending Collins through a window and into the SUV. At the scene, he was identified as deceased.
The collision is being looked into.
Alex Collins’ family announced in a statement late Monday that “Alex was loved by his family and friends as well as supporters from all around the world.” Everyone who knows him well attests to his tenacity, tenacity, and larger-than-life personality.
Alex Collins, a Seahawks fifth-round selection in 2016, was let go by Seattle a year later and went on to become one of the Baltimore Ravens’ biggest surprises in 2017. He led Baltimore in rushing with 973 yards and six touchdowns, and he celebrated each one with an Irish dance Alex Collins had learned from his high school football coach’s daughter.
“With crushing sadness, we grieve the death of Alex Collins,” the Ravens said. “Continuously fast to welcome everybody cheerfully, he was a really kind individual who conveyed a unique euphoria and enthusiasm any place Alex Collins went. May Alex forever be associated with the light and love he brought to such countless individuals in his day to day existence.”
Collins had trouble maintaining the same level of success in 2018 and was put on injured reserve in December due to a foot issue. After being charged with crimes related to drugs and guns, Baltimore freed him four months later. After starter Chris Carson was injured, Alex Collins returned to Seattle in 2020 and ’21, serving as the team’s starting running back for a while.
Russell Wilson, a former Seahawks quarterback, referred to Collins as one of his favorite teammates in a social media post.
Collins last competed with the Memphis Showboats of the USFL this spring, rushing for 98 yards and a touchdown in three contests.
Coach of the Ravens John Harbaugh praised Alex in a statement, saying that he was “a joy to be around and someone whose light shone brightly.” I’ll always think of him as a fantastic teammate who inspired everyone he came into contact with. He was a sharp player who ran with unwavering tenacity, and he really aided our success when he was in Baltimore.
Collins was a standout at Arkansas before joining the NFL. As a junior, he carried for 1,000 yards in each of the previous three seasons and scored 20 touchdowns. According to ESPN Stats & Information analysis, he is one of just five players in SEC history—along with Herschel Walker, Kevin Faulk, Darren McFadden, and Benny Snell Jr.—to dash for 1,000 yards in three successive seasons.
“We are deeply saddened by Alex Collins’ unfortunate and unexpected death. He was a renowned Razorback and an even better person, according to a social media post from the Arkansas football account.
had passing away earlier this summer was Ryan Mallett, a backup quarterback for same 2017 Ravens squad who had excelled at Arkansas in college. He perished in late June while swimming in Florida with his girlfriend.