FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Baltimore Ravens, Seattle Seahawks, and Arkansas Razorbacks have reported the death of former Arkansas running back Alex Collins.
Collins played for the Hogs from 2013-2015, he was 28 years old.
Collins was the first running back in SEC history to rush for 300 yards in his first three career games, he went on to be named the conference's freshman of the year.
The Florida native became just the third running back in SEC history to rush for over 1,000 yards in three separate seasons. Collins is second on the Razorback career rushing yards list, behind only Darren McFadden.
According to Florida's Broward County Sheriff's Office, Collins was riding his motorcycle when he hit a car that crossed into his lane to make a left turn, killing him. The crash is under investigation by the Broward Sheriff's Office Traffic Homicide Unit.
The impact caused Collins to go through a window of the SUV and come to rest inside the vehicle, the sheriff's office said. Collins was pronounced dead at the scene.
Collins spent six seasons in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens.
The Seahawks released a statement from Collins' family Monday night.
“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.”
“We are so saddened by the sudden and tragic passing 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 greatly. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”
“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.”
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