Mallett, 35, was head coach of White Hall High School Football Team in Arkansas

Former Arkansas Quarterback Ryan Mallett drowned in the Gulf of Mexico near Destin, Florida Tuesday – according to the high school website where he coached football. 

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a drowning call off Gulf Shore Drive in Destin around two in the afternoon. 

According to information provided by the sheriff’s office, A group of people in the water near the second sandbar had reportedly been

struggling to make their way back to shore.

One of the individuals, an adult male, went under and lifeguards say he was not breathing when pulled out. Deputies attempted to save his life, but Mallett was declared dead at Destin Emergency Room.

Mallet, 35, played for Michigan and Arkansas before being drafted by the New England Patriots. He played in a total of 21 NFL football games before retiring.ย 


A photo of Ryan Mallett, when he played in the NFL.

In a statement on their website,ย White Hall School District posted, “It is with great sadness that we share the loss of Coach Ryan Mallett. Coach Mallett was a beloved coach and educator. We ask that you remember his family, team, students, fellow coaches, and the White Hall School District staff in your prayers.”

Destin Beach Safety noted earlier today that their beach flags were yellow, meaning a medium hazard for the day.ย 

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