Former NFL quarterback Ryan Mallett has died aged 35.
Mallett died in a drowning accident around Destin, Florida, the Deltaplex News in Arkansas reported tuesday.
He was transported from a beach to a hospital and pronounced dead upon arrival, multiple sources told the outlet.
Mallett played one season at the University of Michigan before playing at the University of Arkansas from 2008 to 2010.
He was later selected in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Patriots.
During a career that lasted until 2017, Mallett appeared in games for the Patriots, Texans and Ravens.
He has had eight NFL career starts.
Several of Mallett’s former NFL teammates shared their grief.
“Hard to swallow,” tweeted former Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman. “Thoughts are with the family.”
“Rest in peace Ryan Mallet! Gone far too soon, I send my condolences to his family! wrote longtime New England running back James White.
Since February of last year, Mallett had been the head football coach at White Hall High School in Arkansas.
Last month, Mallett spoke to Whole Hog Sports on his process of maturing into becoming a coach.
“I hope I’m a man now,” he said. “I’m 35. It’s halfway to 70.
“I did a lot of things when I was a kid. I know how to run my business now.
“My job is to help shape and mold young people. This is the time when many of them discover themselves. I hope I can help them. »
He was following in his family’s footsteps.
“Everyone in my family — my dad and his brothers — goes through Coach,” he said. “Coach Mallett, that’s all I’ve ever heard. I was going to become a coach.
“I started going to practices when I was very little. My first memory of training was going to one of my dad’s practices and I climbed on the blocking stand and got my head stuck in. I was hanging on my head and they had to pull me out.
He also talked about his football mentors.
“I learned the offense from coach (Bobby) Petrino,” Mallett told the outlet. “I learned the defense from Coach (Bill) Belichick. I’ve had good leadership at Mountain Home for the past few years. I learned the importance of community and how to talk to parents. I learned to explain the talents of their child.
“You have to explain that maybe they’re not a DI athlete. They all believe they are.