Former NFL and University of Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett died in an apparent drowning incident along Florida’s Gulf Coast. He was 35 years old.
Arkansas’ It was reported by Deltaplex News Tuesday that Mallett was transported after the incident from a beach in Destin, Florida, to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Officials with White Hall School Districtwhere Mallett worked, confirmed his death. Mallett was the football coach at White Hall High School.
“It is with great sadness that we share the loss of coach Ryan Mallett,” reads the statement. “Coach Mallett was a beloved coach and educator. We ask that you remember his family, team, students, fellow coaches and the White Hall School District staff in your prayers.”
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the nature of Mallett’s death in a statement Tuesday afternoon.
“A tourist died in an apparent drowning off Gulf Shore Drive in Destin,” the statement read. “A group of individuals were reportedly struggling offshore when one man went under. He was not breathing when lifeguards found and pulled him out. Tragically, life-saving measures were unsuccessful.”
OCSO later confirmed the man identified as “a tourist” was Mallett after his next of kin were notified. News of Mallett’s death arrives mid 11 reported deaths from rip currents along the Gulf Coast in recent weeks.
Mallett played in college as a freshman at Michigan before transferring to Arkansas, where he played two seasons. He was selected in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He played seven seasons in the NFL with the Patriots, Houston Texans and Baltimore Ravens.
A native of Batesville, Arkansas, Mallett was one of the best high school quarterbacks to ever play in his home state. He committed to Michigan and made 11 appearances as a freshman backup to Chad Henne. He transferred to Arkansas after the retirement of Michigan coach Lloyd Carr and started as a sophomore and junior with the Razorbacks. He declared for the draft after his junior season to join the NFL.
Mallett played sparingly as a backup to Tom Brady, and the Patriots traded him to the Texans in 2014. He made nine appearances, including six starts, for Texas before they released him midseason in 2015. He then signed with the Ravens, where he played eight games, including two starts, through the 2017 season.
He joined White Hall as a football coach in 2022.
The football world reacts to the death of Ryan Mallett
Friends, teammates, opponents and organizations from Mallett’s football career reacted to his death.
Terrible news to read about Ryan Mallett.
Gone way too soon.
Rest in peace brother.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) 27 June 2023
We are shocked and saddened by the passing of Ryan Mallett. He was a Razorback legend with a 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 all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are… pic.twitter.com/aYlMOBkHAV
— Arkansas Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) 27 June 2023
— Hunter Yurachek (@HunterYurachek) 27 June 2023
— Jarius Wright (@Jay_wright4) 27 June 2023
Bill Belichick on Ryan Mallett’s passing:
“I am extremely saddened by Ryan’s tragic passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and the many people whose lives he touched.”
— Mark Daniels (@ByMarkDaniels) 27 June 2023
This is crazy and still unreal. My first roommate when I joined the team. Rest in peace brother pic.twitter.com/e2GfQVdUcK
— Brandon Bolden (@BB_HulkSmash) 27 June 2023
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Mallett family. https://t.co/57EjIP9INu
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) 27 June 2023
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Ryan Mallett. Ryan was a great person and a loyal teammate.
Our deepest sympathies are with the Mallett family during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/P6f9pv8RRt
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) 28 June 2023
The NFL family is deeply saddened by the passing of Ryan Mallett. Our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/FvdhQmrTh6
— NFL (@NFL) 27 June 2023
The New England Patriots are deeply saddened to learn of the sudden and unexpected passing of former quarterback Ryan Mallett.
Our thoughts go out to the Mallett family, his former teammates and all who mourn his loss. pic.twitter.com/TUpa7cpXoS
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) 27 June 2023
Michigan Football extends its deepest sympathy to the family, friends and former teammates of QB Ryan Mallett. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Mallett family. https://t.co/9tcIbWaftf
— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) 28 June 2023
— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) 27 June 2023
Wow bro! Rest high bro🙏🏿 https://t.co/DDKTCKVWhv
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) 27 June 2023
So sad to hear about Ryan Mallet… Rest in peace bro. 🙏🏾
— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) 27 June 2023
WoW RIP Ryan Mallet‼️
— Todd Gurley II (@TG3II) 27 June 2023
Rest In Peace Ryan Mallet! Gone way too soon, sending my condolences to his family!❤️
— James White (@SweetFeet_White) 27 June 2023
2011 Draft Class!! Rest in Heaven!! You will be missed brother 💔🕊️ https://t.co/Au9L61yw0h
— Mark Ingram II (@markingramII) 27 June 2023
RIP Ryan Mallett. Gone way too soon man 💔
— Matt Leinart (@MattLeinartQB) 27 June 2023
It is being reported that Ryan Mallett drowned today. Please send a prayer for Ryan’s family and loved ones during this tragic time.
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) 27 June 2023
RIP Ryan Mallett!!
— Tyrod Taylor (@TyrodTaylor) 27 June 2023