OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Former NFL running back Alex Collins, who played for the Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens for five seasons, died in a motorcycle accident in South Florida, according to authorities. he was 28
Collins was riding a motorcycle that crashed into a sport utility vehicle in Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. Sunday night, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.
The SUV was making a left turn when Collins’ motorcycle struck the rear passenger side. The impact resulted in Collins shooting through a window of the SUV and becoming prone inside the vehicle, the sheriff’s office said. Collins was pronounced dead at the scene.
The SUV driver, whose name was not released, remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators, authorities said.
The Seahawks released a statement from Collins’ family Monday night
“Alex was loved by his family and friends, as well as supporters from around the world. Those who truly know him can attest to his zest for action, determination and larger-than-life personality,” the statement said. “We sincerely ask for your thoughts and prayers for our family at this difficult time.”
Collins played in college in Arkansas, where he rushed for 1,000 yards in all three seasons. He is second only to Darren McFadden on the school’s career rushing list, and he was there one of the most memorable pieces in recent SEC history in 2015 in Mississippi.
The Razorbacks were seven behind in overtime and faced fourth and 25th place finishers. Brandon Allen’s pass was routed to Hunter Henry, who was to be attacked near the touchline just before the finish line. Henry desperately threw the ball backwards towards the middle of the field. The ball rebounded to Collins, who moved towards the other touchline and scored the first down.
Arkansas eventually won 53-52.
“We are so saddened by the sudden and tragic death of Alex Collins. He was a legendary Razorback and an even better person,” the Arkansas Football account posted on social media. “His love for the Razorbacks and desire to be a hog was undeniable. We will miss him very much. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this difficult time.”
Collins played three seasons for the Seahawks and two for the Ravens. In 2017, he rushed for 973 yards for Baltimore.
“Alex was a joy to be with and he was someone whose light shone brightly,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said in a statement. “I will always remember him as a great teammate who had an encouraging spirit that impacted everyone he encountered. He was also a smart player who ran with boundless determination and he contributed a lot to our success during his time in Baltimore.”
Collins played for the USFL’s Memphis Showboats that year.