Former NFL Player Alex Collins Killed in Motorcycle Accident

Former NFL Player Alex Collins Killed in Motorcycle Accident

A former NFL player who just recently played a season in the USFL has been killed in a motorcycle accident over the weekend.

According to NFL.com, Alex Collins, who was a running back in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens, before playing for the USFL for the Memphis Showboats passed away on Sunday, Aug. 13. The 28-year-old was killed in a motorcycle crash in South Florida. Collins died two weeks before his 29th birthday, which is on Aug. 28.

The fatality took place in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida when the motorcycle he was operating crashed into a sport-utility vehicle Sunday.

His former teams, the Ravens and Seahawks acknowledged his death via social media.

“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 released a statement from the Collins family.

“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. We kindly request your thoughts and prayers for our family during this difficult time. We ask for privacy as we navigate through our grief. We will provide updates regarding funeral arrangements as they become available.”

Detectives with the Broward Sheriff’s Office Traffic Homicide Unit released a statement detailing the incident that led to his death. are investigating a fatal crash involving a motorcycle and a vehicle in Lauderdale Lakes.

The crash took place at approximately 10:20 p.m., on Sunday night near the 3300 block of West Oakland Park Boulevard. Collins was riding eastbound on his 2004 Suzuki GSX-R600K motorcycle on West Oakland Park Boulevard going toward Northwest 33rd Avenue. A woman was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban SUV on West Oakland Park Boulevard and traveling westbound. As she turned left onto Northwest 33rd Avenue, Collins hit the rear passenger side of the SUV. The collision caused Collins to enter the rear passenger side window of her vehicle where he was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

The young woman stayed on the scene and spoke to investigators.

Before playing this past season in the USFL, Collins split his five seasons between the Ravens and the Seahawks. During his NFL career, he carried the ball 483 times for 1,997 yards while scoring 18 touchdowns. He also received another 467 yards through passing. Through 50 career games, he started 29 times.

In 2017, Collins ran for a career-high 973 yards and scored six touchdowns to lead the Ravens’ rushing attack.

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