The shocking news of former NFL quarterback Ryan Mallett’s death at the age of 35 has left the football community in mourning. The former footballer lost his life in a freak drowning accident on June 27, Tuesday. Mallett, who starred for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks from 2008 to 2010, was remembered as an incredibly special person by Hunter Yurachek, the director of athletics at the school. The New England Patriots, who drafted Mallett in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft, expressed their grievances over his passing. Mallett’s former teammates, as well as players from the league, are stunned by this news.
The incident occurred when Mallett was on vacation in Florida with his new girlfriend. He got caught in the water along with a group of people who were struggling to make it back to shore. In response to the emergency, immediate rescue efforts were put in to save him, but unfortunately, he was pronounced deceased at the hospital. His death is particularly tragic considering the recent series of drownings in the Gulf Coast area, with 12 fatalities occurring within two weeks despite warnings about dangerous water conditions.
Ryan played for the New England Patriots, Houston Texans, and Baltimore Ravens as his NFL career lasted five-seasons. Although his professional career didn’t reach its full potential, Mallett’s former teammates and colleagues showcased their condolences and remembered him as a talented player and a kind person. Following his retirement from the NFL in 2017, Mallett transitioned into coaching and became the head football coach at White Hall High School in Arkansas in February 2022. The school district expressed their sadness and asked for thoughts and prayers for Mallett’s family, team, and the entire school community. Mallett’s college career at Arkansas was also highly regarded, and he was remembered as a Razorback legend with exceptional talent and leadership.
Fans took to social media to express their grief and pay tribute to the great player. Some even went ahead and hailed him as the best quarterback in Razorback history and reminiscing about his incredible throws and moments on the field. The NFL released a statement conveying their deep sadness, and former NFL players shared their condolences as well. The Patriots, in particular, expressed their sorrow over the loss of their former quarterback, highlighting Mallett’s contributions to the team. The news of Ryan Mallett’s untimely death has left a void in the football community, with many reflecting on the fleeting nature of life and the need to cherish each moment.