Former NFL quarterback Ryan Mallett, a third-round pick out of Arkansas, died on Tuesday, June 27 after he drowned in Florida.
Ryan was 35 and was the head football coach at White Hall High School in White Hall, Arkansas. During his NFL career, he played for the New England Patriots, the Houston Texans and the Baltimore Ravens, starting eight games and playing in an other 13.
According to Deltaplex News, the quarterback was transported to a Florida hospital from a beach but was pronounced dead upon arrival. He was a legendary quarterback for the Arkansas Razorbacks football team, earning two Second-Team All-SEC accolades in 2009 and 2010.
Tributes pour in for Ryan Mallett after death
Plenty of franchises paid tribute to the quarterback following the news of his passing. The New England Patriots sent condolences to his family:
"The New England Patriots are deeply saddened to learn of the sudden and unexpected passing of former quarterback Ryan Mallett. Our thoughts are with the Mallett family, his former teammates and all who are mourning his loss."
The NFL also expressed sadness at Mallett's demise.
"The NFL family is deeply saddened by the passing of Ryan Mallett. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones."
How many years did Ryan Mallett play in the NFL?
The former quarterback had a seven-year career in the league.
He spent three years with the Patriots from 2011 to 2013, serving as Tom Brady's backup during this period. In 2014, he moved to the Houston Texans, where he was the immediate backup to Ryan Fitzpatrick and became the starter later in the season. In 2015, he lost the starter battle to Brian Hoyer.
Later in 2015, he moved to the Baltimore Ravens, where he stayed until the end of the 2017 season. He played in eight games for the franchise while acting as Joe Flacco's backup.
The tragic news that hit the NFL comes shortly after Leonard Fournette's near-tragedy when his car burned while he was driving. A sad day for the league, and especially for Arkansas fans who had plenty of memorable moments with Mallett as their quarterback.