Alex Collins’ Motorcycle Accident Leads to Tragedy
Collins was involved in a fatal motorcycle accident Sunday evening in the Lauderdale Lakes, Florida area. The specifics of the accident are detailed in the below report, courtesy of the Broward County Sheriff’s Department.
“Detectives with the Broward Sheriff’s Office Traffic Homicide Unit are investigating a fatal crash involving a motorcylce and a vehicle in Lauderdale Lakes.
The crash occurred at approximately 10:20 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13, near the 3300 block of West Oakland Park Boulevard. The preliminary investigation revealed Alexander Collins was traveling eastbound on a 2004 Suzuki GSX-R600K motorcycle on West Oakland Park Boulevard approaching Northwest 33rd Avenue. At the same time, an adult female was traveling westbound in a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban SUV on West Oakland Park Boulevard.
According to investigators, at some point, the Chevrolet driver proceeded to turn left to travel south onto Northwest 33rd Avenue. As the car crossed the eastbound lanes, the motorcycle struck the rear passenger side of the SUV. The impact caused the motorcycle to enter the rear passenger side window of the Chevrolet and come to a final rest inside the car. The collision also caused the Chevrolet to rotate clockwise before finally resting.
BSO deputies responded, and the motorcycle driver was pronounced dead on scene. The driver of the SUV remained on scene and cooperated with the investigation.
The circumstances surrounding this fatal crash are under investigation.”
Alex Collins, the Football Player
The Seattle Seahawks drafted Collins in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft after a standout collegiate career for the Arkansas Razorbacks. He racked up 3,703 rushing yards and 36 touchdowns during three seasons with the Razorbacks.
He had a quiet rookie year in a muddled Seattle running back room, notching 125 rushing yards and one score in limited playing time. He would not enjoy a year two in Seattle. Not then, at least. Collins was waived by Seattle before the 2017 season.
He broke out all the same, racking up 973 rushing yards and six touchdowns after catching on with the Baltimore Ravens.
He struggled to replicate those successes in 2018, ceding work to Gus Edwards and ultimately ending the year on IR.
Collins did manage 10 total touchdowns in ’18, but from a yardage standpoint his production was nearly halved.
Collins would catch on with the Seattle Seahawks again in November of 2020, contributing two touchdowns in the three games he participated in. He remained with the team in a complementary role through 2021, notching 411 rushing yards and two more scores.
That campaign would put a bow on Collins’ NFL career, though he did resurface as a member of the USFL’s Memphis Showboats in 2023. He contributed 133 scrimmage yards and one score with the Showboats, per Fox Sports.
To one of my favorite teammates.
You brought joy to every huddle.
Keep Dancin’ in Heaven.
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) August 15, 2023
With heavy hearts, we mourn the passing of Alex Collins. pic.twitter.com/IDywUZ8m73
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) August 15, 2023
While his tenure as a pro was relatively brief, Collins’ impact on his teammates and his ball clubs was not.