The Seahawks went back to work Tuesday following a day off, but did so with heavy hearts, having learned a day earlier that Alex Collins had died in a motorcycle accident.
Collins, who was drafted by the Seahawks in 2016, played for the team as recently as the 2021 season, so he was teammates with many of the current players.
"It's just a heart-crushing loss for Alex Collins to be gone," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "He was a beautiful kid and a wonderful competitor, but it's the person we'll miss the most. He had a great spirit about him, he was fun as heck. It's just so unfortunate for his family and for all of us to have lost him. I wish there was something we could do. It's a heartbreaker."
For players and coaches who knew Collins, Tuesday was a chance to support each other and share memories of him.
"We've all just been talking about it, sharing the suddenness of the impact of a loss like that," Carroll said. "We're just kind of helping each other out; we're doing all right."
Said linebacker Jordyn Brooks, "We started talking about that this morning. To see somebody that you know personally pass away so soon, there's not much to say. It's an unfortunate thing for his family, so I'm just praying for his family and the people that were close to him that God helps them through this time."
When asked his favorite memories of Collins, Carroll lit up as he recalled Collins celebrating big moments by breaking out his Irish dance skills, an activity he took up in college to improve his footwork and agility in preparation for the NFL.
"When he got really excited, he'd start doing his dance," Carroll said. "… It was a big deal to him, and he lit everybody up whenever he broke into it. That's one of the fun things we remember about him."
Take a look back at running back Alex Collins who played for the Seahawks in 2016, and again in 2020 and 2021.