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Tragic news emerged as Ryan Mallett, the former Arkansas quarterback who had a successful seven-year stint in the NFL, passed away on Tuesday. The devastating incident took place while Mallett, aged 35, was vacationing in Destin, Florida. Reports indicate that lifeguards discovered him struggling to breathe after being pulled out of the water at a beach in Destin.

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The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office shared that Mallett was part of a group that encountered difficulties returning to shore. Lifeguards swiftly initiated life-saving measures, but unfortunately, Mallett was pronounced deceased at the Destin Emergency Room, as conveyed by the sheriff’s office in a news release. Subsequently, law enforcement officials were able to confirm the swimmer’s identity as Ryan Mallett from Arkansas.

The shocking news triggered an outpouring of tributes from various individuals and organizations. The White Hall School District, where Mallett served as a high school football coach, expressed profound sadness over his passing. They remembered him as a cherished coach and educator and requested thoughts and prayers for Mallett’s family, students, colleagues, and the entire White Hall School District community.

Mallett’s football journey began at the University of Michigan before transferring to Arkansas, where he made a significant impact. During his time as a redshirt sophomore in 2009, under the guidance of coach Bobby Petrino, Mallett led the Razorbacks to an 8-5 season, culminating in a victory in the Liberty Bowl. His exceptional performance earned him Offensive MVP recognition.

The peak of Mallett’s college career came in 2010 when he achieved impressive numbers with 3,869 passing yards and 32 touchdowns. His outstanding performance secured him second-team All-SEC honors for the second consecutive year, and he finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting for that year.

The New England Patriots selected Mallett as the 74th overall pick in the third round of the 2011 NFL draft. At the time, Coach Bill Belichick emphasized the team’s belief in Mallett’s talent and his track record of success. As a backup to Tom Brady, Mallett’s playing time was limited due to Brady’s durability and rare instances of leaving the field. Eventually, he was traded to the Houston Texans in 2014, where he made six starts in nine games over two seasons. He later joined the Baltimore Ravens and played with them until 2017.

The New England Patriots expressed deep sorrow upon learning about Mallett’s untimely passing, extending their condolences to his family, former teammates, and all those grieving his loss.

Mallett’s NFL career comprised 21 games, including eight starts, where he accumulated 1,835 passing yards, along with 9 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

After his playing days, Mallett embarked on a coaching career, initially serving as an assistant at Mountain Home High School before being appointed as the head football coach at White Hall High School in 2022. In an interview with the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Mallett expressed his unwavering passion for coaching, describing it as a natural calling and an opportunity to positively shape young athletes’ lives.

The sudden and tragic passing of Ryan Mallett has left a void in the football community, and his memory will be cherished by those whose lives he touched through his athletic prowess and coaching endeavors.

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