Former NFL quarterback Ryan Mallett has reportedly died at age 35 after tragically drowning in Florida.
The incident occurred in Destin, Florida, according to Deltaplex News in Arkansas. Mallett was transported from a beach to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival, the outlet reported.
The NFL issued a statement on Mallett’s death.
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“The NFL family is deeply saddened by the passing of Ryan Mallett. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones,” the NFL said in a statement as well.
The New England Patriots, by whom Mallett was drafted in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Arkansas, released a statement of their own.
«The New England Patriots are deeply saddened to learn of the sudden and unexpected passing of former quarterback Ryan Mallett,» the team wrote on Twitter with a photo of Mallett in a Patriots uniform. «Our thoughts are with the Mallett family, his former teammates and everyone mourning the loss of him.»
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The NFL world was shocked by the sudden passing of one of his brothers, including recently retired defensive lineman and Houston Texans legend JJ Watt. They were teammates together in Houston.
«Horrible news to read about Ryan Mallett. Gone too soon. Rest in peace bro,» he wrote on Twitter with a praying hands emoji.
Mallett was a legend for the Arkansas Razorbacks during his time there in 2009 and 2010. He began his college career at Michigan, but after transferring, he became a star at Fayetteville.
He passed for 3,624 yards with 30 touchdowns for seven interceptions in 2009 and followed up with 3,869 yards with 32 touchdowns for 12 interceptions in 2010.
He would declare for the Draft after his junior season and the Patriots took him to study with Tom Brady.
But that didn’t last long as he was quickly traded to the Texans, where he would spend a season and a half before joining the Baltimore Ravens. Mallett was with the Ravens for the 2016 and 2017 seasons before he ended his short time in the league.
Mallett amassed just eight starts in his 21 NFL games of experience.
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In February 2022, Mallett took over as the head football coach at White Hall High School in Arkansas.