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SEATTLE, WA – Alex Collins does not fear adversity. Born and raised in Plantation, Fla., he never met a challenge he wasn’t built to handle. That includes obstacles on the football field, where he rebounded magnificently from Wholesale Jerseys Cheap being cut by the Seahawks to re-emerge as a starting running back for the Ravens during the 2017 season.

Conquering adversity has been such a vital part of Collins’s mindset that he created an “Adversity Killer” logo several years ago and aims to launch an apparel line built around the branding in the Cheap Carlos Hyde Jersey near future. Overcoming hardship was seemingly wired in his DNA.

But starting in December 2018, a vicious cycle of events—some self-inflicted, others completely out of his control—unfolded in Cheap Jerseys rapid Cheap Jason Verrett Jersey succession, creating the perfect storm that caused Collins to miss the entire 2019 season and put his resiliency and resolve to the ultimate test.

“It was definitely one thing after another,” Collins said in an interview with Seahawk Maven. “There were times were it was Cheap Alex Collins Jersey 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.”

Seattle Seahawks running back Alex Collins (36) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 38-10.
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Coming off a season in which he nearly hit 1,000 yards for the first time, a foot injury prematurely ended Collins’s 2018 season after starting 10 games and rushing for 411 yards and seven touchdowns for Baltimore. Landing on injured reserve, he missed the final five regular season games as well as a wild Cheap Marshawn Lynch Jersey card round defeat to the Chargers, casting some doubt about his future with the franchise.

Then, three months later on the morning of March 1, Collins crashed his Chevrolet Corvette into a tree only a mile away from the Ravens team facility in Owings Mills, Md. Once authorities arrived, an odor of marijuana at the scene led to a search of the vehicle and he was arrested for possession of marijuana as well as a firearm, which he Cheap Bobby Wagner Jersey did not have proper paperwork to carry in the state.

Within hours, with Collins remaining in police custody and details about his arrest continuing to emerge, Baltimore promptly released him, instantly making him an unrestricted free agent. Four months later, while tirelessly in pursuit of a new landing spot, he was dealt another devastating blow as he suffered a broken leg during an offseason workout and underwent surgery.

For Collins, it was a tough pill to swallow. In high school and college, even if he was dealing with a significant injury, he played through Cheap Chris Carson Jersey the pain. He wasn’t one to make excuses or miss practice time, let alone sitting out game action. This was beyond foreign territory for him.

“It was definitely detrimental at that time because I was about to sign with another team,” Collins reflected. “And then after [the injury], everything just kind of fell through.”

Even after returning to full health, fortunes didn’t improve much in coming months for Collins, as he couldn’t catch a break in Cheap Russell Wilson Jersey his mission to latch on with another team.

The Seahawks, who had unceremoniously released Collins out of training camp two years earlier, brought him in for a workout after Chris Carson and C.J. Prosise suffered season-ending injuries in December 2019. It wasn’t meant to be, however, as legendary runner Marshawn Lynch unexpectedly volunteered to Cheap Tyler Lockett Jersey climb off his couch and come out of retirement for the second time to fill the void instead.

After Seattle was knocked out of the playoffs in Green Bay in the divisional round, Collins remained on the organization’s radar heading toward free agency. The Seahawks again expressed interest in bringing him back, offering to Cheap DeeJay Dallas Jersey fly him in for a workout with a futures deal hanging in the balance. Unfortunately, it wasn’t in the cards, as the COVID-19 pandemic led to his flight being canceled.

For Collins, the process was gut-wrenching and demoralizing. After serving a suspension and not playing a single down in 2019, all he wanted was the chance to prove what he could do between the lines. With his legal issues in the rear view mirror, all he wanted was to “change the narrative” surrounding him.

But despite everything that he had gone through and all the opportunities slipping through his grasp, Collins didn’t let the circumstances keep him down. To achieve his goal of reviving his career, he knew he needed to grow from his past mistakes and get back to the basics.

“I just accepted my situation every time, understanding where I was at and what needed to be done to ultimately get to where I am today,” Collins remarked. “That’s pretty much what it was. Dedication to the cause and Cheap Travis Homer Jersey staying passionate even through the hard times and just grinding it out. Even on the days that I wanted to throw in the towel, it made the flame grow even more.”

Looking back, Collins admitted he arrived to his first training camp with the Seahawks overweight and unprepared. While he made the roster out of camp and occasionally flashed as a rookie, he only rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown while dressing for 11 games.

Being released the following September served as a wake-up call of sorts for Collins, who initially signed with the Ravens practice squad before being elevated to the 53-man roster early in the season. This experience Cheap Rashaad Penny Jersey proved to be invaluable for him as he continued to scratch and claw to find his way back to the league three years later.

For Collins, the biggest key to improving his consistency and enhancing his performance revolved around establishing a routine. He changed up his diet, began to focus more heavily on film study and reading defenses, and found creative ways to conduct his offseason workouts and stay in top shape, including Irish dancing and bike riding.

Finally, after training camp wrapped up and the regular season got underway, Collins started fielding calls from teams for free agent workouts. Among those teams, in what wasn’t a surprise at all to the veteran runner, the Seahawks inquired while Chris Carson, Carlos Hyde and Rashaad Penny all dealt with injuries.

Collins flew out to Seattle for yet another workout, though the process amid a pandemic proved to be dramatically different than the previous December. Per league protocols, he was required to pass six COVID-19 tests in six days Cheap Duane Brown Jersey before being allowed to enter the team facility. He spent those days in a hotel without a playbook, unable to interact in person with coaches, teammates, trainers, or anyone else associated with the team.

“You don’t just jump right in,” Collins explained. “You’ve gotta come to whichever city, you’ve gotta sit out a week, you gotta come COVID test every day. You’re not used to it and it’s very uncomfortable.”

Luckily for Collins, the third time proved to be the charm. With Carson and Hyde both sidelined, he signed with Seattle’s practice squad after wrapping up his testing protocols and was able to return to the facility after the team’s Week 8 win over San Francisco.

Rejoining the team that originally drafted him after his long road back to being on an NFL roster, Collins’s mind was put at ease once he arrived and reunited with several of his friends and teammates.

“It meant everything and it was definitely like a homecoming type of feeling coming into the locker room and seeing those Cheap Jordan Simmons Jersey same guys—Tyler Lockett, Bobby Wagner, Russell Wilson—the guys I played with before I left, the coaching staff, and being in the city,” Collins said. “To get picked back up by Seattle with the mindset and mentality I grew and picked up, it was definitely an excitement. I’m locked in and know I’m more than capable and now I can show you guys my true colors.”

Collins didn’t have to wait long for his first opportunity to cash in on his second chance with the Seahawks. As Carson continued to battle a foot injury and Hyde nursed a hamstring injury, the team had limited depth at running back with rookie DeeJay Dallas slated to make his second consecutive start against the Bills in Week 9.

Taking advantage of revised rules for a 2020 season unlike any other, Seattle elevated Collins prior to traveling to Orchard Park. The ex-Arkansas star suited up for his first NFL game in two years, playing 13 snaps and carrying the football twice for five yards.

One week later, with Carson and Hyde still out, Collins was again a game day elevation from the practice squad and earned his first start since November 2018 against the Rams. On Seattle’s opening possession, he scored his first Cheap Rasheem Green Jersey touchdown in over two years, exploding through a crease created by blocks from Duane Brown and Jordan Simmons to score from 13 yards out.

Though the Seahawks wound up losing the game 23-16, Collins finished with 43 yards on 11 carries and caught a pass for four yards while scoring the team’s only offensive touchdown on the afternoon.

With both of his practice squad game day promotions used up, Collins didn’t dress again for Seattle until January, when the NFL adjusted rules to allow players who had already been elevated twice to be promoted for Week 17 and playoff games. Needing a replacement for Hyde, who was ruled out for the season finale in Arizona, he joined the team for a road trip to face the 49ers.

During the first half of the game, Collins didn’t see a single snap with Carson and Penny both active. But in the fourth Cheap Benson Mayowa Jersey quarter, Carson suffered a cut on his ear and Penny exited the game with cramps, forcing him into action with the Seahawks trailing on the scoreboard and trying to make a torrid comeback.

Down 16-12 with four minutes to play, Collins provided an immediate spark, picking up a hard-earned yard on his first carry to move the chains. He followed up on the next play by carrying multiple 49ers six yards, running with far more power and authority than he did in his first stint with the team. Three plays later, Wilson found Lockett in the end zone to help the Seahawks regain the advantage.

After defensive end Benson Mayowa forced a strip sack on San Francisco’s next possession and Rasheem Green recovered, Collins went back to work and dealt a knockout blow to Seattle’s bitter rival. Following a six-yard carry on first down, he powered forward for an eight-yard run to move the team down to the Cheap C.J. Prosise Jersey opposing three-yard line.

Though a false start penalty temporarily moved the Seahawks back five yards, Collins bounced an outside zone to the left on the ensuing play, sidestepped a tackle attempt by cornerback Jason Verrett, and then lowered his pads to power through safety Tarvarious Moore before extending the ball past the goal line for a touchdown. Game, set, match.

From Collins’s perspective, in a roundabout way, all of the trials and tribulations he encountered over the past few years helped bring out the best in him as a football player. He’s far more focused on ball security, understands what defenses are doing in regard to safety rotations and blitz schemes, and has raised his effort on finishing runs with authority to another level.

“It’s definitely a different mindset when I’m out there,” Collins smiled. “It really amplified my game going through everything—those adversities—and getting those opportunities. It really taught me to cherish them more Cheap Green Bay Packers Jerseys and really take advantage because as I saw before, it can be taken away or I’ll never know when I’ll get that opportunity again… You guys are going to have to really bring some efforts when it comes to tackling me.”

While Collins didn’t get to play in Seattle’s wild card loss the following week to Los Angeles, his performance drew consistent praise from coach Pete Carroll and the team rewarded him by re-signing the veteran ball carrier to a new one-year contract last month.

With Carson and Hyde set to become free agents and potentially bolting for greener pastures, Collins isn’t going to be content with simply being on the roster this time around. As the most experienced back currently under contract alongside Penny, Dallas, and Travis Homer, after climbing all the way back from rock bottom, the 26-year-old runner has his sights set on competing for a starting role next summer and showing his triumphant return wasn’t a fluke.

“I’ll definitely look forward to competing with these guys and coming in and just showing my value and my work and that I’m ready and still can do the same things I did last year,” Collins said.

To achieve that goal, Collins doesn’t plan on reinventing the wheel. He believes sticking to the basics and the routine he developed during his long, winding road back to the NFL will serve him well moving forward, ensuring he’s 100 percent ready to go when the team reports for camp in July or August.

Collins will have to learn a new playbook, though he admitted he hasn’t had a chance yet to learn much about how Seattle’s scheme will change under new coordinator Shane Waldron. With speculation about Wilson’s Cheap Seattle Seahawks Jerseys future running rampant, such details have yet to be provided, but he will be ready to dive in once the specifics are revealed down the road.

“No matter what it is, I’m ready to learn the scheme, the identity, what we will potentially be in the future,” Collins commented. “I feel like once the decision is decided with Russ, we’ll be able to really focus on that aspect and what they want to be able to do and let us know. Ultimately, I’ve been in so many different schemes, I’ve had to learn so many different playbooks, I don’t think it’s going to be a problem at all.”

Through it all, after having the game taken away from him and nearly seeing his career fall off the rails, Collins refuses to take anything for granted. He’s thankful for the Seahawks organization maintaining faith and showing their confidence in him by signing him to a new contract, and feels blessed to have a strong support system.

As he learned the hard way through his experiences over the past several years, however, now isn’t the time to get comfortable or complacent. Instead, it’s time to get to work and lead by example the way only an adversity killer can.

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Al Beauchamp, one of the prototypes of the modern day sleek and swift pro cover linebacker, is pretty certain he never matched up with a white player before he arrived in the Bengals first draft.

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“At that time, that’s how it was. I had to deal with that,” says Beauchamp, who stayed home to play his college ball Cheap Al Beauchamp Jersey at Southern University on Scott’s Bluff, within walking distance from his home in Baton Rouge, La.

“I enjoyed it … My family got to see me play,” Beauchamp says. “The playing field was not level. I understood that. My mindset was I was as good as the next person or better than. I relied on my talent.”

As Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders uses his Hall-of-Fame pedigree to put the spotlight on football at historically Cheap Barney Bussey Jersey black colleges and universities, the Bengals just observed the 45th anniversary of head coach Paul Brown’s last and best team that featured a bevy of stars from that tiny game Wholesale Jerseys China that once towered over the NFL landscape.

Those 1975 Bengals went 11-3 with a seventh-ranked defense anchored on Hall-of-Fame caliber corners by Florida A&M’s Ken Riley and Lincoln University’s Lemar Parrish. Beauchamp (“a beautiful athlete,” Bengals Cheap Bob Johnson Jersey center Bob Johnson once said) roamed the middle of the field in the last season of a Bengals career he missed just one game out of 112.

Quarterback Ken Anderson had a plethora of options on the NFL’s second-ranked offense, among them Grambling wide receiver Charlie Joiner and his college teammate, running back Essex Johnson. Johnson worked in Cheap Boobie Clark Jersey a backfield with Bethune-Cookman’s Boobie Clark fronted by Tennessee State’s Vernon Holland at right tackle.

“People think you have to go to a big school to be great. No you don’t. You play the game the way it’s supposed to be played. I didn’t care where I played,” says Parrish, who believes he would have “played on the moon,” if he had to as the only pro to ever come out of Riviera Beach, Fla. “I didn’t have to go to a white school to be great. I was going to be that anyway.”

The ’75 Bengals were one of the teams that helped make it a more even playing field. They were on the tail of the HBCU comet as Cheap Essex Johnson Jersey integration began to streak across the southern sky. Paul Brown’s teams in Cleveland and the American Football League teams in the previous decade and a half were among those that banged on the door.

Samuel G. Freedman, a Columbia University professor who made Riley and Grambling quarterback James Harris the central figures of his book “Breaking the Line,” points to the 1969 Super Bowl champ Chiefs as a turning point for draft rooms facing a merger.

“Nothing changes minds like success,” says Freedman, whose 2013 work details how the power of HBCU football did what Cheap Jess Phillips Jersey most couldn’t or wouldn’t to help hurry desegregation.

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“It was the upstart AFL that much more avidly scouted and drafted players from the HBCUs. The Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders led the way, and when Paul Brown founded the Bengals, they also dipped into Cheap Ken Anderson Jersey the rich waters of the HBCUs — for great players like Ken Riley, Essex Johnson, and Charlie Joiner, among others.”

A year before the Chiefs struck gold with guys like Beauchamp’s Southern teammate Robert Holmes, Brown’s first draft featured Beauchamp and Essex Johnson in the fifth and sixth rounds, respectively. The next one in 1969 brought Riley in the sixth and Parrish arrived in the seventh in 1970.

“Pro football did not have the ironclad segregation that the colleges of the segregated South did until the late ’60s or early ’70s,” Freedman says. “But the pro football track record was inconsistent. A few NFL franchises — the Packers, Steelers, Bears, and Paul Brown’s Cleveland Browns — did regularly Cheap Ken Avery Jersey draft players from the HBCUs. But Washington, for example, did not have any black player at all till the John F Kennedy Administration put on pressure to do so.”

Since his father knew the terrain, Bengals director of player personnel Pete Brown had no problems negotiating the nooks and crannies of the HBCUs. He had the help of former Chargers scout Al LoCasale, brought on board for that first draft before he left to join Al Davis in Oakland in 1969.

(It was LoCasale, after first watching Beauchamp for the Chargers, that recommended him to Paul Brown.)

The Bengals’ latter-day HBCU players reflected the evolution of the game and the country.

Beauchamp, Riley and Parrish switched positions after never playing a down of their pro position before they got to Cheap Ken Riley Jersey Cincinnati. Parrish had been an All-American running back at Lincoln in Jefferson City, Mo., in the last year of the ’60s. But, like Riley, he ended up at cornerback and in his first NFL game Parrish returned a fumble 55 yards for a touchdown in the exhibition opener and Riverfront Stadium’s first game.

And, this is probably no coincidence, both Riley and Parrish went back to their alma maters to coach.

“I could have played wide receiver, I could have played running back, I could have played anywhere on the outside,” Parrish says. “The Bengals wanted me to play both ways, but Paul Brown wouldn’t let them.”

North Carolina Central’s Louis Breeden, a seventh-round pick in 1977, also had to move to a spot he had never played before embarking on a career at cornerback, where he trails only Riley on the Bengals’ all-time interceptions lists. He began life in tiny Hamlet, N.C., glimpsing the last of the Whites Only signs Cheap Lemar Parrish Jersey and sitting in the balcony of the movie theater, but he eventually played on the first integrated teams just before the county consolidated the schools.

While Breeden never thought of going to a large, predominantly white college (“I didn’t know anyone that had”), a decade later Barney Bussey in Lincolton, Ga., could. Georgia and South Carolina came calling in the last year of the ’70s. But after getting an eyeful of guys like Georgia-bound Herschel Walker in a high-school all-star game, Bussey opted for South Carolina State, where he felt he’d get more playing time sooner.

Even when Bussey arrived in Cincinnati via a two-year stint in the USFL in 1986, a good nine years after Breeden had been a rookie, it marked a subtle but seismic shift. A college cornerback, Bussey had moved to safety in the pros.

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Al Beauchamp (58), Bill Bergey (66) and John Guillory (28) lift Paul Brown for a ride after winning the 1970 AFC Central.
Breeden had been a safety at Central, but he thought it a bit odd when one of his college coaches congratulated him on getting drafted with the gentle, almost off-hand warning, “Louis, you know you’re not going to be playing safety.”

“I didn’t think much about it, but then I started counting the number of black safeties in the league. You could count them Cheap Louis Breeden Jersey on your fingers,” Breeden says. “If you were black, you weren’t going to play certain positions. You weren’t going to play safety, center, left tackle, middle linebacker. Not quarterback.”

By the time Riley’s son, Florida A&M cornerback Ken Riley II, arrived for a brief tryout in the Bengals’ 1995 minicamp, not only were both starting safeties black, but they were coached by Ron Meeks, an African-American.

“That was the tradition for a lot of black athletes. You knew you were going to be transitioned,” Breeden says. “My transition was easier than Kenny’s just because people were becoming more accepting of the black athlete.

“But to make the transition that Kenny made is mind-boggling. To go from playing quarterback to playing on the other side of the ball at such a tough position and to have a Hall-of-Fame career with 65 interceptions, that’s truly mind-boggling. He was smart, he was physical, he could run.”

Breeden, a Super Bowl starter who retired with 33 interceptions, says it was Riley that taught him the position. He replaced Parrish after he was traded and was often assigned the team’s best receiver, but Breeden says he no one could do what Riley could do.

“The thing that Kenny did better than anyone was track the ball and catch it,” Breeden says. “I was a hell of a center-fielder in baseball. I could go get it. But I couldn’t catch it like Kenny.”

Imagine that first training camp in ’69. A few weeks before he died last summer, Riley told his son about it.

“You come to training camp and there are 40 other cornerbacks,” Riley II recalled back in June. “You’ve never played it before and there’s Paul Brown. If you make a mistake, you’re gone. It didn’t matter if it was camp or the 13th game.”

Riley and Breeden often talked about the roster moves they saw around the NFL in the late ’70s and early ’80s. They were astounded at some of the black players that were cut from teams that desperately needed talent.

“Cincinnati was better than most,” Breeden says. “Paul was usually ahead of everybody.”

One of the African-Americans that broke the pro football color line, Bill Willis, was a Hall of Fame center for Brown in Cleveland. On his first Bengals team, Brown had an African-American at left tackle in Ernie Wright and an African-American at safety in Jess Phillips, replaced the next season by Tennessee State’s Al Coleman and a few years later Fisk’s Neal Craig started for the 1973 AFC Central champs.

But Riley wasn’t playing quarterback.

Not in 1969.

Louis Breeden. who often drew the toughest receiver, goes against Hall of Famer Steve Largent.
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Louis Breeden. who often drew the toughest receiver, goes against Hall of Famer Steve Largent.
“If he came into the NFL insisting on playing quarterback,” Breeden says, “he would have been sent back to Bartow, Fla.”

But now, he says, “For the most part, merit reigns supreme. The thing I’m happy to see is the black quarterbacks. Those are guys that have always been making transitions. I’m a Bengal for life, but I (also) root for the Chiefs because of Patrick Mahomes. I just love to see these guys get an opportunity when they weren’t getting it 15, 20, even ten years ago.”

Beauchamp says the best player he faced in college was Tennessee State quarterback Eldridge Dickey, a phenomenon who could throw lasers with either arm. The Raiders drafted him in the 1968 first round and some say he had a better camp than Alabama rookie Ken Stabler. But Stabler got the job and Dickey briefly played wide receiver before he was out of the league.

And yet there were changes, too. Off the field. In his second season, Beauchamp casually welcomed former Giants linebacker Ken Avery into the fold in that Woodstock season of 1969.

They barely knew each other as they both put their keys on a downtown Cincinnati hotel front desk and said they’d share instead of taking the last two rooms. They didn’t know it, but they had just committed some history as the Bengals’ first interracial roommates.

Avery was drawn to Beauchamp’s outgoing personality and welcoming high-pitched laugh. Kenny, who spent part of his youth playing stick ball in the New York City streets, is at ease with all kinds. Plus, Al knew the playbook cold and they spent their time learning from each other. To this day when they talk on the phone, and it’s often after spending six years together, they say, “Love you,” when they say good-bye.

“We had the same goals, the same values, the same upbringing. We were looking to accomplish the same things,” Avery told a few years ago. “His dad whipped his ass for the same things my dad whipped my ass for.”

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That father told Beauchamp he wanted him to stay home to play in college. He had raised eight children alone since Al’s mother died ten years before and if he needed him, he had to be close. And that meant going “across the tracks,” to Southern. Even though he worked out and hung around Louisiana State and the coaches coveted him. Just ten miles away.

“We had a great relationship. The athletic director would visit our high school all the time,” Beauchamp says of LSU. “He gave me a book of colleges and universities and he said, ‘You look in this book and find what school you want to go to and I’ll recommend you … The athletic program is not integrated. We would be recruiting you.'”

Beauchamp thanked him, but he didn’t have to look in the book. He loved the fact that his family could see him play and that he could be there if they needed him.

Beauchamp wouldn’t have had it any other way. You can put Breeden in that camp, too. After no one recruited him out of Hamlet, he went to work in a mill. When he partially cut his thumb off not long after graduation, he knew it was time. Central was there waiting and he walked-on to history.

“In spite of all the inequities we had to live with and hated, there are those strong institutions in the black community. The black churches. Black colleges,” Breeden says. “I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I’m glad I went to an HBCU. They embraced me and nourished me and helped me be the person I am.”

In Houston, Texas, Eldridge Dickey’s hometown, there is a strapping 15-year-old sophomore by the name of Ken Riley III. He’s 6-2, 6-3 and his dad says he’s trying to figure it out. He’s playing defensive end and tight end, too.

The father says it’s a little too early to say if there is a third generation headed to Florida A&M. But ….

“The majority of my family went there. It’s one of the top schools,” Ken Riley II says. “My dad had chances to go (coach) Division I, but I think he wanted to make sure me and my sisters were taken care of. And he loved it. I’ve got nephews and cousins that have gone there. It’s tradition.”