Ryan Mallett, former quarterback of New England, Houston and Baltimore, died by drowning at the age of 35. His death allegedly occurred in Okaloosa County, Florida and was confirmed by former comrades who clung to the family.
According to Okaloosa Mallet Police, who released the news of the incident and confirmed it in a statement, first responders were called to a Destin beach around 2:12 p.m. due to reports of a group of people in the water, who were struggling to reach the shore.
This is the reconstruction released in the note and published by CNN. Mallett went underwater and wasn't breathing when lifeguards pulled him out, the sheriff's office said. He died in a local hospital, he added. His return was compromised by a sandbank: he would have remained blocked due to the rising tide and, trying to return to the coast, he was dragged out to sea by the currents, gradually losing his strength.
In his professional career, which saw him wearing the jerseys of the New England Patriots, Houston Texans and Baltimore Ravens between 2011 and 2017, Mallett collected 21 overall appearances, 8 of which as a starter. He had recently taken up coaching in minor tournaments.
He was close friends with Tom Brady: the tragic death of Ryan Mallett
Mallett was selected by Tom Brady's (his great friend) Patriots in the third round of the 2011 draft and played in 4 games the following season.
Mallett moved to the Houston Texans with 9 more games, 6 starts, and then to the Ravens (8 starts, 2 starts).
In his career, he boasted 190 complete passes on 345 attempts for a total of 1,835 yards and 9 touchdowns, with 10 interceptions. He was currently coaching at White Hall High School in Arkansas, and loved being around boys.
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said he was deeply saddened: "My thoughts and prayers are with his family." J. J. Watt, the first player to reach for a touchdown on a pass from him, added: "He's gone too much, too soon.
Rest in peace brother."
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