Former Seahawks RB’s Last Instagram Post Before His Sudden Death

Alex Collins

Getty Former Seahawks running back Alex Collins at Lumen Field on September 19, 2021.

Former Seattle Seahawks running back Alex Collins died suddenly at the age of 28, as reported by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.

Collins, a Fort Lauderdale native, was driving a motorcycle in his hometown on Sunday, August 13, and got into fatal accident with a female driving an SUV.

“BSO deputies responded, and the motorcycle driver was pronounced deceased on scene,” the Broward Coward Sheriff’s report stated. “The driver of the SUV remained on scene and cooperated with the investigation. The circumstances surrounding this fatal crash are under investigation.”

Collins, the Seahawks former fifth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, was waived by Seattle after his rookie season and landed with the Baltimore Ravens in 2017. He played two seasons in Baltimore before returning to the Seahawks in 2020. During the 2021 NFL season, Collins appeared in 11 games, recording 411 rushing yards and two touchdowns along with nine receptions for 87 yards.

Most recently, the Arkansas alum had taken his talents to the USFL, where he played for the Memphis Showboats. Despite the fact it had been over two years since he last took a snap with the Seahawks, his final Instagram post, which went up nine days before he died, was a nod to his time in Seattle.

Collins captioned the video clip, “Dangerous in open field 🤮💥 #shakeandbake #jukes #secretweapon #adversitykillers,” and it featured a highlight from a Seahawks game against the Los Angeles Chargers. During the five seasons he played in the NFL, Collins recorded 1,997 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns, along with 59 receptions for 467 yards and one score.

During his three seasons at Arkansas, he became one of the top rushers in school history. Collins recorded 3,703 rushing yards and 36 touchdowns.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider said in a statement, “The Seahawks family along with the 12s are so saddened to hear of Alex’s passing… Alex would light up a room and was beloved by our entire building. You will be forever be missed, Alex. On behalf of Jody Allen, Pete Carroll, Chuck Arnold, Chad Morton and the entire Seahawks community, rest in peace brother.”

Alex Collins Opened Up About the Adversity He Faced During His NFL Career

In his final Instagram post, Collins used the hashtag. “Adversity Killers,” the term which inspired his clothing brand.

The former Razorbacks’ standout explained to Seahawks Maven in March 2021, as reported SI, that the slogan referenced his own personal struggles. After suffering a broken leg in the summer, which kept him sidelined for the entirety of the 2019 NFL season, he was slapped with a three-game suspension following a car crash in Maryland, during which he was arrested for marijuana possession.

Following the incident, the Ravens released Collins. The Seahawks invited him back for a workout in 2020, but then COVID hit and his flight was canceled.

“It was definitely one thing after another,” Collins said. “There were times were it was hard because my entire life, I’m talking throughout high school and college— never missed a game and even if it was for injury, I’m playing through injury. Never make excuses, never miss practices.”

When Collins eventually reunited with his teammates in Seattle, “It meant everything,” he said. “It was definitely like a homecoming type of feeling coming into the locker room and seeing those same guys — Tyler Lockett, Bobby Wagner, Russell Wilson— the guys I played with before I left, the coaching staff, and being in the city. To get picked back up by Seattle with the mindset and mentality I grew and picked up, it was definitely an excitement.”

Heartfelt Message Mourning Alex Collins’ Death Filled Social Media

Fans, analysts, and former teammates filled X, formerly known as Twitter, with moving messages following Collins’ untimely death. Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith tweeted, “Life so crazy man. Fly high my boy until we meet again 🕊️ AK ALL THE WAY 🙏.”

Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson wrote, “To one of my favorite teammates. You brought joy to every huddle. Keep Dancin’ in Heaven. Love you AC. Forever missed. #RIP.”

The Ravens shared the following 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.”

ESPN‘s Mina Kimes shared a video of Collins Irish dancing and wrote, “Man this Alex Collins news is so sad. I always thought of this when I saw him play—he was so charming and joyful whenever he talked about it.”

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