Former NFL USFL running back Alex Collins dead at Age 28

Authorities said that the Former NFL and USFL running back Alex Collins, who played five seasons for the Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens, was killed in a motorcycle crash in South Florida, on Sunday night, He was 28.

In a News release, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said, Collins was driving a motorcycle that crashed into a sport-utility vehicle Sunday night in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, on Sunday night.

According to the news release, Collins crashed into a sport-utility vehicle on West Oakland Park Boulevard. The SUV was making a left turn when Collins’ motorcycle hit its rear passenger side, causing Collins to go through a window and come to rest inside the vehicle. Collins was pronounced dead at the scene.

Collins’ family said in a statement via the Seahawks on Monday night, “It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Alex Collins this morning,”.

In the NFL Collins played five seasons between 2016-2018 and 2020-21 with the Ravens and Seahawks. After then Collins played the 2023 USFL season with the Memphis Showboats.

The Seahawks released a statement from Collins’ family on Monday night. 

“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,” the statement said. “We kindly request your thoughts and prayers for our family during this difficult time.”

In his NFL career Collins ran for 1,997 yards. He spent his rookie season with the Seahawks and the next two years with the Ravens. He missed the 2019 season before returning to Seattle for two more seasons in 2020 and 2021.

Before signing with the Showboats for the 2023 USFL campaign, Collins missed the 2022 NFL season. When he racked up 98 rushing yards, 35 receiving yards, one rushing touchdown and one passing touchdown in three games before being placed on injured reserve.

Daryl Johnston, President of Football Operations said “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.” 

The NFL, USFL, and Arkansas football also put out statements mourning Collins’ death.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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