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Former Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett Drowned in Florida

Just horrible, horrible news.

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Rest in peace.
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Tragic news out of Florida as word comes down that former Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett has drowned.

Little is known at this time as the story is still developing. But according to DeltaPlex News, who had the story first, Mallett, 35, was rushed to a nearby hospital after drowning at a beach in Florida, where he was pronounced dead.

Mallett, who rose to prominence as a star quarterback for the University of Arkansas, was quarterback for the Texans from 2014-15 where he started in six of the nine games he played for the team. He would end his professional career with the Baltimore Ravens in 2017.

More recently, Mallett had been named as the head coach for White Hall High School in Arkansas.

We will update this story as more information comes in.

Needless to say, this is a horrible tragedy and our thoughts and sympathies go out to his family at this difficult time and, please, no jokes about Mallett’s short tenure with the Texans, this is neither the time or place for them.

UPDATE: ESPN reports that Mallett was caught in a rip tide while swimming in the Gulf of Mexico near a sand bar.

Ladies and gentlemen, if you find yourself caught in a rip tide, which is a powerful, narrow channel of water which carries you further away from shore, always, always, ALWAYS swim parallel to the shore until you get out of the rip tide and then swim to shore.

Swimming against the current will only tire you out and drag you further out to sea.