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Alexander "Budda" Collins

August 26, 1994 ~ August 13, 2023 (age 28) 28 Years Old

Obituary

Alexander "Budda" Collins passed away on August 13, 2023. 

Early Life 

Alexander Collins, known to most as "Budda", was born in Miami, Florida, on August 26, 1994 to Andrea McDonald and the late Johnny Collins, Jr. During his college years at the University of Arkansas, Alex embraced his faith in Christ and was baptized; a spiritual journey that brought him solace and a deeper sense of purpose. 

The Man Behind the Athlete 

Beyond his athletic achievements, Alex Collins was a multi-talented individual. He was a pianist, a musician, a rapper, and a passionate photographer. His infectious smile and unwavering positivity illuminated even the darkest moments, reminding all who knew him that there is always light, even in adversity. 

A Force for Good 

Beyond his athletic and artistic pursuits, Alex dedicated his time to volunteer work, making a meaningful impact on his community. He embodied the spirit of giving, always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. His brand, "Adversity Killers," is a testament to his resilience and determination to conquer challenges, inspiring countless others to do the same. 

Adversity Killers 

His legacy extends far beyond the confines of any one arena. His creative spirit knew no bounds and led him to create the "Adversity Killers" brand, a confirmation to his belief that challenges are an opportunity for growth. Through this brand, he challenged countless individuals to persevere in adversity, turning obstacles into opportunities. 

Athletic Beginnings 

From a very young age, Alex demonstrated strong self-confidence in his abilities and was sure he would make a difference in the world. Alex's love affair with sports began at age five when he first stepped onto the Hallandale Vikings football field. Even then, his talent was undeniable. Alex quickly became his team's star, showcasing a unique blend of speed, agility, and determination that would set the stage for an extraordinary sports career. With a football in his hands and perseverance in his heart, he showed from very early on that he was pure greatness. 

High School Sports

Alex's high school journey was nothing short of exceptional. He began on the junior varsity football team at Dillard High School, where he showcased his talent and passion for the game. Later, at South Plantation High School, Alex continued to shine as a multi-talented athlete who left a mark on the world of sports. A true sports prodigy, he excelled not only in football but also in basketball, lacrosse, and track. His prowess on the football field was evident during his junior year when he rushed for 1,786 yards and recorded 28 touchdowns. His outstanding performance earned him the prestigious title of Broward County Player of the Year. The Paladins secured seven victories and a spot in the state playoffs during that season. 

Alex continued to shine as a senior, amassing 1,400 rushing yards and contributing 14 touchdowns. His exceptional leadership and skill helped South Plantation achieve nine wins, the district title, and earn a place in the 8A state playoffs. Following his senior season, Alex was selected to participate in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, where he had the honor of being teammates with fellow Arkansas signee Austin Allen. His remarkable sprinting abilities were evident as he ran the third leg on South Plantation's state champion 4x100m relay team, achieving a time of 41.98 seconds. Alex was named the 2013 Broward County Male Athlete of the Year. Alex's high school years were marked by excellence, leadership, and versatility, which led to a remarkable sports career that would follow. 

College 

Alex's brilliance on the football field earned him the title of a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and the 13th-best running back in his class. He committed to the University of Arkansas in February 2013, marking the start of his collegiate journey. He made history as the first true freshman in SEC history to rush for 300 yards in his first three games. He earned the 2013 SEC Freshman of the Year title during this remarkable season. In his sophomore year, Collins proved his skills with 1,100 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, aiding Arkansas to a Texas Bowl victory. 

As a junior, he became the featured back, achieving a milestone by joining the SEC greats Herschel Walker and Darren McFadden, rushing for over 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. His remarkable junior season concluded with 1,577 rushing yards, a school-record 20 rushing touchdowns, and a Liberty Bowl victory. With 3,703 career rushing yards, Alex remains the second-highest rusher in Razorback history, leaving a legacy of excellence that forever resonates within the University of Arkansas football program. 

Professional Career 

In January 2016, Alex decided to enter the 2016 NFL Draft, forgoing his senior season at Arkansas. His professional football journey saw him selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round (171st overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. Throughout his rookie season, he contributed both in rushing and receiving, ending with 31 carries for 125 rushing yards, one touchdown, and 11 receptions for 84 receiving yards. Collins also played in two playoff games. 

The Baltimore Ravens signed Alex on September 5, 2017. He made his Ravens debut with a notable performance against the Cleveland Browns and continued to excel throughout the season. He led the Ravens in rushing yards for the 2017 season with 973 yards and six rushing touchdowns. 

In a return to the Seattle Seahawks in 2020, Alex made appearances in several games, contributing with touchdowns and significant rushing yards. 

In 2023, Alex Collins signed with the Memphis Showboats of the United States Football League (USFL). During his time with the Showboats, he threw a touchdown pass, demonstrating his ability to contribute to various facets of the game. Alex Collins remained undeterred in his pursuit of returning to the NFL. His commitment and determination were evidence of his unwavering passion for football. 

Final Farewell 

He leaves his memories behind to his lovely mother Andrea McDonald, his sister, Brittany Fisher; brothers, William Fisher Jr, Johnny Collins, Christopher Collins, and Dequan Sierra; nephews and nieces; Zuri, William III, Jah'kyra, Jah'niya, Jaylah, Zion, Khloe and Kevon, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. 

As we bid farewell to Alex, we remember a man who touched our lives in countless ways. His legacy extends far beyond the football field, reminding us to embrace life's challenges with a smile, pursue our passions relentlessly, and be a source of positivity and inspiration for those around us. May he rest in eternal peace, knowing that his spirit will forever light our paths in life's journey.

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Be encouraged by these words:

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28 

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
August 26, 2023

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Eric S George Funeral Home Chapel
6107 Miramar Parkway
Miramar, FL 33023

Funeral Service
Sunday
August 27, 2023

1:00 PM
Lauderhill Performing Arts Center
3800 NW 11th Place
Lauderhill, FL 33311

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