Alex Collins, who played for the Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens between 2016 and 2021, has died unexpectedly at 28.
The cause of death isn’t immediately known.
Coach John Harbaugh said, “Alex was a joy to be around and someone whose light shined brightly.”
Former NFL running back Alex Collins died at the age of 28 on Monday morning, his agent told ESPN.
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“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,” he continued.
“We send our heartfelt condolences and support to Alex’s family. May he now rest in God’s eternal peace.”
The Ravens released a statement saying, “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.”
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“May Alex always be remembered for the light and love he brought to so many people in his life.”
Collins was a standout running back at Arkansas before the Seahawks selected Collins in the draft.
He ran for 1,997 yards and 18 touchdowns in 50 NFL games.