No one is having more craic than Alex Collins is in Ireland right now.
The Baltimore Ravens running back has touched down in the Emerald Isle, and wasted no time before getting into tourist mode.
The sports star has often made headlines over his penchant for Irish dancing. The 24-year-old claims that it has helped his footwork and elusive running skills.
Now, he is in Ireland getting lessons from Irish dancers and showcasing his step work at the Cliffs of Moher.
Here is a little recap of all the fun I’ve been having in Ireland ! Got my Irish on with some world class Irish dancers , learned about Gaelic football and hurling , also got to learn a lot more about the culture ! It’s been such an amazing experience and I’m looking forward to the next few days here !
#IrishDanceChallenge 🍀 from Alex CollinsPosted by Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, March 25, 2018
The Florida native has also been learning the tin whistle, and engaging in hurling and Gaelic football sessions.
Explaining how he first 'dipped his toe' into the world of Irish dancing, Collins told Buzz.ie he originally got into it because of his high school coach's daughter.
"I used to drive her to her practice and one day she challenged me saying 'hey, you think you can try it?' and I was like I know I can try it but I’m not trying it. It ended up being more of a competitive thing between me and her. I’d go to her classes and warm up with her and compete with her and then it got into the football world because it was hard, just the conditioning stand point."
"I’m bouncing around, I’m sweating and the girls are laughing at me so it was definitely hard trying to pick it up and then seeing how much more explosive I was with lower body strength and their calf muscles are about the same size as mine," he said.
Alex Collins Plays Tin Whistle in Ireland
RB Alex Collins picked up a tin whistle on his trip to Ireland this week. Looks like his has another musical talent. Call him Tin Whistle Alex. 🎶 🍀 🎶 🍀Posted by Baltimore Ravens on Monday, March 26, 2018
"It definitely helped and getting into the field and seeing how much quicker my feet are and getting in and out of cut and seeing how much more explosive is what it is all about in my position, being explosive, breaking tackles, getting in and out of cuts, in and out of holes and it helps. I was like 'why not keep this going and see how far this will take me' and it has taken me a long way and I don’t plan to stop."