Former NFL quarterback Ryan Mallett has passed away at 35 years old. He was a third-round pick in 2011 NFL Draft.
According to multiple reports, Mallett drowned in Florida. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Mallett was a star prospect out of White Hall High School in Arkansas, where he was one of the top-ranked signal callers in his class.
He went on to play at the collegiate level from 2007-10 for the Michigan Wolverines and Arkansas Razorbacks. He finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2010.
In 2010 he was the offensive MVP of the Liberty Bowl and was as named All-SEC second team in 2009 and 2010.
Mallett was the 74th-overall pick to the New England Patriots in 2011, serving as a backup to Tom Brady for three seasons.
He was traded to the Houston Texans in 2014, where he would start two games before going down with a season-ending injury.
He remained with Houston for six games the next season, before being traded to the Baltimore Ravens.
Mallett played two more seasons with the Ravens, taking his last NFL snap during the 2017 season.
The former standout took up head coaching after his pro career, joining his alma mater’s football program in 2022.