The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office reportedly announced on Facebook that former NFL quarterback Ryan Mallet passed away on Tuesday at the age of 35 following what seemed to be a drowning in Florida.
Mallet was brought from a beach to a Florida hospital where he was declared dead, according to officials. Mallet had been the head football coach for the White Hall school district in Arkansas since February 2021.
Mallett, a highly sought-after high school recruit, started his undergraduate career in 2007 at the University of Michigan before moving to the University of Arkansas.
Bill Belichick on the passing of Ryan Mallett. pic.twitter.com/3Yz2U6F8Yd
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As a sophomore, he helped the Razorbacks win the 2009 Liberty Bowl.
Mallet played for the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans during a career that lasted until 2017 after being selected by the New England Patriots in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft.