LOS ANGELES (KTTV) – The sports world is in shock as former NFL running back Alex Collins, known for his famous touchdown dance, tragically lost his life in a motorcycle accident over the weekend.
The news broke on Monday when Collins’ former team, the Baltimore Ravens, shared the heartbreaking news on social media. Officials in Broward County, Florida confirmed that Collins was involved in a fatal motorcycle crash in Lauderdale Lakes on Sunday night.
The accident happened around 10:15 p.m. when Collins’ motorcycle collided with a Chevrolet Suburban SUV. The SUV was making a left turn across the road when the collision occurred, resulting in Collins’ passing at the scene.
Collins, who wowed fans as a running back for the Arkansas Razorbacks during college, had a five-season NFL career. He spent three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and another two with the Baltimore Ravens.
The Seattle Seahawks also expressed their condolences, emphasizing the impact Collins had on and off the field.
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Geno Smith, Collins’ former teammate from their time with the Seahawks, took to social media to share his thoughts. “Life is so crazy, man,” Smith wrote. “Fly high, my boy, until we meet again. AK all the way,” he added.
But Collins was more than just a football player. He became famous for his lively Irish jig touchdown celebration. He learned the dance from his high school football coach’s daughter. Collins credited the dance with improving his footwork on the field.
In a heartwarming gesture, Collins once reached out to a bullied 12-year-old boy who loved the Irish jig. His message of encouragement inspired the boy to keep dancing.
As the sports community mourns the loss of a talented athlete and a kind-hearted person, Collins’ memory will live on through his joyful dance and the positive impact he had on those around him.