Alex Collins, a former NFL running back who played for the Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens between 2016 and 2021, has died. He was 28.
The Ravens and head coach John Harbaugh released statements on Collins’ death on Monday night.
“Alex was a joy to be around and someone whose light shined brightly,” Harbaugh said. “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.”
The Ravens added, “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.”
The Seahawks said they were “heartbroken.”
Collins was killed in a motorcycle crash in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said. Officials said the crash occurred Sunday night at around 10:20 p.m. local time.
Officials said a preliminary investigation said the Collins was on his motorcycle when he struck an SVU that was turning left.
“The impact caused the motorcyclist to enter the rear passenger side window of the Chevrolet and come to a final rest inside the car,” officials said. The collision also caused the Chevrolet to rotate clockwise before finally resting.”
Collins was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the SUV remained on the scene and cooperated with authorities, according to officials. The crash is still under investigation.
Collins was a standout running back at Arkansas before the Seahawks selected Collins in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He played one initial season with Seattle before he later joined the Ravens.
He played two seasons in Baltimore before he re-signed with Seattle. He was out of the league after the 2021 season and played in the USFL in 2023.
USFL president of football operations Daryl Johnston told FOX Sports: “The USFL family is absolutely heartbroken by the passing of Alex Collins. He played the game of football with such passion and was a great teammate and ambassador of the game. Alex represented the best of our sport both on and off the field. On behalf of the USFL family, the Memphis Showboats, and our fans who watched and cheered his incredible talents, we send our deepest condolences to Alex’s family, friends and teammates.
In 50 NFL games, he ran for 1,997 yards and 18 touchdowns.