Former NFL running back Alex Collins dies in motorcycle crash

 August 15, 2023

Former NFL running back Alex Collins has died at the young age of 28. 

Collins, who played for the Seahawks and the Ravens, perished in a motorcycle crash in Florida on Sunday night.

Police say Collins, riding a Suzuki, collided with an SUV that was making a left turn on a roadway in Lauderdale Lakes.

"According to investigators, at some point, the Chevrolet driver proceeded to turn left to travel south onto Northwest 33rd Avenue,” the police report said. “As the car crossed the eastbound lanes, the motorcycle struck the rear passenger side of the SUV."

Young running back dies

The impact of the crash sent Collins flying through the car's rear passenger window and into the interior of the car, which rotated clockwise before coming to rest. Collins was declared dead at the scene.

"It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Alex Collins this morning," Collins' family said in a statement.

"Alex was cherished by his family and friends as well as supporters from all around the world. All who truly know him can attest to his drive, determination, and larger-than-life personality," the family added.

The Arkansas star was a fifth-round draft pick for the Seahawks in 2016. He then played for the Ravens for two seasons before returning to the Seahawks in 2020 and 2021, finishing his NFL career with 1,997 yards and 19 touchdowns.

He played for the Memphis Showboats in the United States Football League (USFL) this spring.

Tributes pour in

The football world paid tribute to Collins, recalling his joyful personality and trademark Irish jig after scoring touchdowns.

"Keep Dancin' in Heaven," former Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson wrote.

Arkansas, where Collins ran over 1,000 rushing yards in each of his three seasons, called him "a legendary Razorback and an even better person."

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Collins "was a joy to be around and someone whose light shined brightly."

“We send our heartfelt condolences and support to Alex’s family. May he now rest in God’s eternal peace."

Seahawks general manager John Schneider said Collins' "infectious smile and classic river dance skills will forever be missed."

Absolutely tragic. RIP.

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