Alex Collins, former NFL running back and Arkansas standout, dies at 28

Alex Collins, a former NFL running back who had a five-season career in the league, has sadly passed away at the age of 28.

Tragically, Collins lost his life in a fatal collision between a motorcycle and a vehicle in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the circumstances of the crash, which took place at 10:20 p.m. ET on a Sunday night. Regrettably, Collins was pronounced dead at the scene by Broward County deputies. He was set to celebrate his 29th birthday on August 26th.

Alex Collins Death
Alex Collins Death

“With deep sorrow, we announce the passing of Alex Collins. Known for his warm smile and genuine kindness, he radiated a unique sense of joy and enthusiasm in every encounter,” expressed the Baltimore Ravens in an official statement. “May Alex’s enduring memory stand as a testament to the positivity and affection he wholeheartedly shared with innumerable individuals throughout his life.”
Selected in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL draft from the University of Arkansas, Collins began his professional journey with the Seattle Seahawks. He contributed to the team for three seasons, with appearances in 2016 and 2020-2021, before moving on to Baltimore where he played for two seasons from 2017 to 2018.
Alex Collins reached his NFL peak while with the Ravens, achieving his highest performance during the 2017 season with an impressive 973 rushing yards (averaging 4.6 yards per carry) and six touchdowns. He continued his success in 2018 by recording a career-best eight touchdowns. Over the course of his career, Collins accumulated a total of 1,997 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns (18 of which were from rushing plays). Notably, he recently participated in the 2023 USFL season as a member of the Memphis Showboats.
“Our hearts ache profoundly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Collins family,” expressed the Seahawks in a social media post.
“Alex Collin’s presence was a source of boundless joy, and his radiant spirit left an unforgettable mark. Fondly, I recall his camaraderie as a remarkable teammate, his unwavering positivity touching all he encountered,” remarked Harbaugh. “He was a cerebral player, driven by an unyielding resolve, contributing significantly to our achievements during his tenure in Baltimore. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to Alex’s family, offering them solace in this time of grief. May he now find eternal tranquility in God’s embrace.”
During his time at South Plantation High School in Plantation, Florida, Collins stood out not only as a football talent but also as a standout sprinter, excelling as the third leg of a state champion 4×100-meter relay team. His collegiate journey at the University of Arkansas further cemented his legacy, where he ascended to become one of the foremost rushers in Razorbacks history. His remarkable 3,703 rushing yards place him second in the Razorback record books, trailing only Darren McFadden (4,590). In a noteworthy feat, Collins etched his name in history in 2013 as the first freshman in SEC history to achieve over 100 rushing yards in three consecutive games, a distinction that hadn’t been accomplished by a true freshman in the FBS since Oklahoma’s Adrian Peterson achieved it in 2004.

Alex Collin's
Alex Collin’s

“A deep sadness weighs upon us as we navigate the unforeseen and deeply sorrowful departure of Alex Collins. He leaves behind a legacy as a true Razorback legend and an even more exceptional individual,” conveyed the Arkansas football program in a social media statement. Alex’s unwavering devotion to the Razorbacks and his undeniable Hog spirit resonated deeply. His absence will be deeply felt. Our deepest sympathies are with his family and loved ones as they navigate this challenging time. #RIP3″
Russell Wilson, a fellow teammate during Collins’ time in Seattle, shared, “In memory of a cherished teammate. Your infectious spirit lit up every huddle. Keep dancing among the stars. AC, you’re forever in our hearts. #RIP.”

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