Liberty Bowl

Ravens running back Alex Collins channels unique persona into on-field excellence

Ravens running back Alex Collins channels unique persona into on-field excellence

Long before he emerged as the unexpected salvation of the Ravens offense, Alex Collins stamped himself as a rare character.

It began with him sprinting off the field after every practice as if he were late for class, his helmet still clamped over his shoulder-length dreadlocks and a dark visor — to ward off the migraines that made him vomit before high school games — obscuring his eyes.

Then the stories bubbled up about him taking Irish dancing classes with his high school coach’s daughter and a bunch of teenage girls. He dubbed his dancing persona Mitch Finn in tribute to “Lord of the Dance” Michael Flatley.

And don’t forget the YouTube videos of him taking lacrosse...

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