Former NFL star Ryan Mallett dies at 35 after apparent drowning

The sports world has been stunned by the apparent drowning death of former NFL quarterback Ryan Mallet. Officials say the 35 year old was in a group of swimmers who got caught in a riptide yesterday on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Mallet was drafted by the New England Patriots back in 2011. He spent five years in the league, also playing for Baltimore and Houston before becoming a high school football coach.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick released a statement saying in part I am extremely saddened by Ryan’s tragic passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and the many people whose lives he touched.

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