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Former NFL running back Alex Collins dies at 28

The Arkansas grad was a fifth-round pick for the Seattle Seahawks in 2016 and had been with the Memphis Showboats of the USFL this spring.
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - APRIL 29: Alex Collins #2 of Memphis Showboats reacts after throwing a pass for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Houston Gamblers at Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium on April 29, 2023 in Memphis, Tennessee.
Alex Collins of the Memphis Showboats at Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium in Memphis, Tenn., on April 29.Dylan Buell / USFL/Getty Images file
/ Source: NBC Sports

Former NFL running back Alex Collins has died, the Baltimore Ravens announced Monday night. He was 28.

Collins died Sunday night when his motorcycle hit a car in Oakland Park, Florida, the Broward County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

The Ravens said in a statement: “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 Seattle Seahawks, the other NFL team Collins played for, said simply: “Absolutely heartbroken. Prayers are with the Collins family.”

Collins starred at the University of Arkansas with three consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons. He rushed for 3,703 yards and 36 touchdowns in his time in Fayetteville.

The Seahawks made him a fifth-round draft pick in 2016, and he played his rookie season in Seattle before he landed in Baltimore. Collins had his best season in 2017 with the Ravens, gaining 1,160 yards from scrimmage with six touchdowns.

He spent two seasons with the team before he went back to Seattle.

“Alex was a joy to be around and someone whose light shined brightly,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said in a statement. “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.”

Collins last played in the NFL in 2021. He was with the Memphis Showboats of the USFL this spring.