The Seahawks community is in sorrow as they remember Alex Collins, a teammate adored by fans, who graced the team twice.
At 28, Collins tragically lost his life in a motorcycle accident on Monday. “In a heavy-hearted announcement, we share the passing of our dear Alex Collins,” expressed Collins’ family. “Cherished by all, he displayed unwavering determination, an immense personality, and an indomitable spirit. We seek your thoughts and prayers during this trying time, respecting our need for privacy. Funeral updates to follow.”
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“The Seahawks family and the 12s are deeply saddened by Alex’s departure,” said John Schneider, the Seahawks’ executive VP and GM. “We’ll forever miss his contagious smile and iconic river dance moves. He brought light to every room and was cherished by our entire community. On the field, he attacked life with fervor. One of the SEC’s top runners, our heartfelt sympathies to his family, the Gatewoods, and agent Kelli Masters. Farewell, Alex. From Jody Allen, Pete Carroll, Chuck Arnold, Chad Morton, and the entire Seahawks family, rest in peace.”
Collins first joined the Seahawks in 2016 as a fifth-round selection. After a stint in Baltimore, he rejoined Seattle in 2020 and 2021, earning praise from peers and coaches for his role in igniting the running game. “He brings an amazing spirit to the team,” noted Seahawks coach Pete Carroll in 2021. “He’s thriving. I’m excited about him.”
In Seattle, Collins captured hearts not only for his football prowess but also his infectious smile and joyful demeanor. His signature Irish dance touchdown celebration, a nod to his pre-NFL footwork training, endeared him to fans. Hailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Collins attended Arkansas after an impressive stint at South Plantation High School. Carroll often pointed out that Collins was one of just three SEC players to achieve over 1,000 rushing yards in three consecutive seasons.