Former NFL quarterback Ryan Mallett died Tuesday at the age of 35.
Mallett passed away following a drowning incident in Destin, Florida, according to reports.
Former NFL and Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett has drowned in Florida and was pronounced dead at a hospital in Florida. Mallett was 35.https://t.co/iHySBG4vIo
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) June 28, 2023
"Mallett began his career at Michigan and transferred to Arkansas after his freshman season. He emerged as a star for the Razorbacks in 2009, throwing for 3,624 yards and 30 touchdowns. He led the Hogs to an 8-5 record that included a win over East Carolina in the Liberty Bowl," CBS Sports reported.
"Mallett was even better the following season. He threw for 3,869 yards and 32 touchdowns, leading Arkansas to a 10-3 record, a berth in the Sugar Bowl and a No. 12 finish in the final AP Top 25. That performance earned him second-team All-SEC honors for the second straight season. Mallett broke virtually every program passing record during his time under center with the Razorbacks," it added.
Ryan Mallett dies at 35: Ex-Arkansas, NFL QB drowns at Destin, Florida Beach.
So sad. https://t.co/oXomrS8lDu
— Bositiv3 (@Bozitiv3) June 28, 2023
“We are shocked and saddened by the passing of Ryan Mallett,” a University of Arkansas statement read.
“He was a Razorback legend with larger-than-life talent and a personality to match. He led our program to some of our best moments in recent memory. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his mother Debbie and his extended family.”
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Mallett died on Tuesday. He was 35 years old. https://t.co/Z8WQTZMPOT
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) June 28, 2023
"Mallett became Tom Brady’s backup after the Patriots selected him in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft. But his NFL journey would not end there. The former Razorback played for the Patriots, Texas, and Ravens throughout his seven-year career," Breitbart News reported.
"Mallett was about to start his second year as head football coach at White Hall High School in Arkansas," it added.
Mallett's death remains under investigation and details concerning the drowning were not immediately available.
His drowning comes as several deaths have occurred along Florida panhandle beaches related to rip tides and strong currents.
Mallett's death ends the life of one of college's great quarterbacks along with leaving a painful loss for family, friends and fans nationwide.