On Tuesday, Ryan Mallett died at 35. He had played as a quarterback in the NFL for seven years. He was swimming with his friends at Destin Beach in Florida when he drowned. He was taken to the hospital in a hurry but they could not save him.
A Star at Arkansas and in the NFL
At the University of Arkansas, Mallett was a star player where he achieved several school records and took the Razorbacks to a 10-3 season and a Cotton Bowl spot in 2010. He was chosen by the New England Patriots in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He also played for the Houston Texans, St. Louis Rams, and Baltimore Ravens during his NFL career. He accumulated 11,599 passing yards and 62 touchdowns in the NFL.
A Coach and a Mentor
He retired from the NFL and returned to coach high school football in Arkansas, his home state. He was the head coach at White Hall High School for two seasons. He mentored young players and shared his passion for the game.
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A Loss for the NFL Community
Mallett’s death has shocked and saddened many people in the NFL community. His former teammates and coaches have paid tribute to him on social media. They have praised his positive attitude, his work ethic, and his big heart.
“Ryan was a good teammate and friend,” said Tom Brady, who played with Mallett on the Patriots.
“Ryan was a special person,” said Bobby Petrino, who coached Mallett at Arkansas.“He played and led with greatness. His big heart and his passion for the game of football will stay in our memories.”
Mallett’s death is a tragic loss for the NFL community. He was a game-changer player and a well-respected individual.