Alex Collins, the former NFL running back who first played college ball for the Arkansas Razorbacks and then was drafted in 2016 for the Seattle Seahawks, later playing for the Baltimore Ravens, Seahawks again, and then Memphis Showboats (American League), is dead at 28 years hold.
Mr. Collins died of a motorcycle crash when the bike he was riding struck a turning SUV, launching the bike into the vehicle and killing Mr. Collins, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the SUV remained at the scene of the accident and cooperated with authorities; the crash, which occurred in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, is still under investigation.
Commenting on the accident, authorities said, “The impact caused the motorcyclist to enter the rear passenger side window of the Chevrolet and come to a final rest inside the car. The collision also caused the Chevrolet to rotate clockwise before finally resting.”
Following Mr. Collins’ death, his former teammates and coaches were quick to comment about the joy they experienced in knowing him and expressing their condolences for his family members. The Seattle Seahawks, for example, said, “Absolutely heartbroken. Prayers are with the Collins family.”
Prayers are with the Collins family. pic.twitter.com/ufOLkyT9f6
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) August 15, 2023
The Seahawks also released a statement from the Collins family. It said, “It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Alex Collins this morning. 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. We kindly request your thoughts and prayers for our family during this difficult time. We ask for privacy as we navigate through our grief. We will provide updates regarding funeral arrangements as they become available.”
Joining, the Baltimore Ravens said, “With heavy hearts, we mourn the passing of Alex Collins. Always quick to greet everyone with a smile, he was a genuinely kind person who carried a special joy and passion wherever he went. May Alex always be remembered for the light and love he brought to so many people in his life.”
Further, Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said, “Alex was a joy to be around and someone whose light shined brightly. I’ll always remember him for being a great teammate who had an uplifting spirit that impacted everyone he encountered. He was also a smart player who ran with unlimited determination, and he contributed to a lot of our success during his time in Baltimore. We send our heartfelt condolences and support to Alex’s family. May he now rest in God’s eternal peace.”
Also joining was former teammate Robert Griffin III, who said, “Alex Collins was so special man. Amazing teammate and a guy everyone was down to kick it with. This man invited me and wifey out one time in Baltimore and I will never forget it. We show up to the spot and AC is no where to be found. We are looking around for him for 20 min and finally I feel a little nudge on my shoulder. I turnaround and AC is walking behind me, drops his shades to his nose and signals with his eyes to follow him. It was so funny and smooth, we forgot he was 20 min late. AC told us he had to be discreet because he couldn’t have everyone knowing he was there. The rest of the night, we found out why. Everywhere AC went that night everyone knew him. Everyone was excited to see him, laughing when he came around and showing him love. You see everyone loved this man and his energy was contagious. To end the night, he hit this dance with all the fans watching him on the dance floor. WHAT A NIGHT and WHAT A GUY AC WAS. Shared more laughs than people know and I’m blessed to have been your teammate my brother. Rest In Peace.”
Alex Collins was so special man. Amazing teammate and a guy everyone was down to kick it with. This man invited me and wifey out one time in Baltimore and I will never forget it. We show up to the spot and AC is no where to be found. We are looking around for him for 20 min and… pic.twitter.com/zNLjxk5vRh
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) August 15, 2023
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