The football community is mourning the unexpected passing of former Arkansas and Michigan quarterback, Ryan Mallett. The 35-year-old was pronounced dead at a Florida hospital, following an apparent drowning at a local beach. Mallett’s tragic death leaves behind a rich legacy in Football, one that stretches from college successes, through the NFL, to an ambitious stint in The Spring League, and hopeful trials in the XFL.
Mallett’s passing was confirmed by multiple reports and sent shockwaves through the football world. The University of Arkansas shared their condolences on Twitter, stating, “We are shocked and saddened by the passing of Ryan Mallett. He was a Razorback legend with larger-than-life talent and a personality to match. He led our program to some of our best moments in recent memory. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.”
Starting his college career at Michigan, Mallett transferred to Arkansas after his freshman season. He found considerable success as a Razorback, throwing for 3,624 yards and 30 touchdowns in his breakout year of 2009. His impressive performances helped the Hogs secure an 8-5 record and a victory over East Carolina in the Liberty Bowl.
Following his time at Arkansas, Mallett was picked by the New England Patriots in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He went on to play for the Patriots (2011-13), the Houston Texans (2014-15), and the Baltimore Ravens (2015-17), earning respect and admiration from his peers and coaching staff alike. His former teammate Tom Brady shared his sorrow on social media, “We lost a great man. Thank you for everything, Ryan.”
After hanging up his cleats, Mallett transitioned to coaching, a move he found “natural” as per an interview with the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. He was preparing for his second season as the head coach at White Hall High School in Arkansas.
While Mallett’s NFL journey is well-documented, his efforts to extend his playing career often go unnoticed. In 2019, at age 29, Mallett attended the XFL Tampa Bay Summer Showcase, though he wasn’t drafted to the league. His persistence in pursuing professional football was evident when he later joined The Spring League in 2021, becoming the starting quarterback for the Generals.
While with the Generals, Mallett made a significant impact in his first game, completing 20 of 31 passes for 252 yards in a 21-19 victory over the Jousters. His performance was a testament to his enduring talent and determination.
Ryan Mallett’s sudden death is a significant loss to the football community. His journey to the Razorback, to NFL to The Spring League, and his ambitions for the XFL, speak to his passion for the sport. As we mourn his passing, we also celebrate the life of a man who left a lasting impact on every stage of football, from Arkansas to the NFL, and beyond. XFL News Hub is praying for his family at this difficult time.
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