Ryan Mallett, a former quarterback for the NFL and the University of Arkansas, perished in what seemed to be a drowning along Florida’s Gulf Coast. His age was thirty-five.
Following the event, Mallett was taken from a beach in Destin, Florida, to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to a Tuesday story from Arkansas’ Deltaplex News. Mallett’s death was verified by representatives of the White Hall School District, where he was employed. Mallett was White Hall High School’s head football coach.
The statement said, “We share the loss of Coach Ryan Mallett with great sadness.” “Coach Mallett was a well-liked educator and coach. We kindly ask that you keep the White Hall School District personnel, students, teammates, family, and coaches in your thoughts.”
In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office verified the cause of Mallett’s demise.
The notification said, “A tourist died in an apparent drowning offshore of Gulf Shore Drive in Destin.” “A man is said to have gone under when a group of people were struggling offshore. Lifeguards discovered him unconscious and removed him. Sadly, efforts to save lives were unsuccessful.”
After Mallett’s next of kin was informed, the OCSO later determined that the guy described as “a tourist” was actually him.
Mallett spent his rookie year of college playing at Michigan before transferring to Arkansas, where he spent the next two seasons. The New England Patriots selected him in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He had seven NFL seasons as a player with the Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, and Patriots.
Mallett, an Arkansas native, committed to play for Michigan and replaced Chad Henne in 11 games as a rookie. Following Michigan coach Lloyd Carr’s retirement, he transferred to Arkansas and joined the Razorbacks as a sophomore and junior. After his junior season, he filed to enter the NFL draft.
As Tom Brady’s backup, Mallett saw limited action before the Patriots traded him to the Texans in 2014. Before the 2015 season ended in midseason, he had nine appearances for the Texas Longhorns, including six starts. After that, he signed with the Ravens, where he played through the 2017 season in eight games, two of which were starts.
In 2022, he became the football coach of White Hall.
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