During his college football days, Ahmaad Galloway was a standout running back for the University of Alabama, impressing the country with his athleticism and skill. Now he has passed away in his home, aged only 42.
Breitbart, reporting on Galloway’s pre-death occupation and how he was found, noted that:
Galloway was an English teacher at Compton-Drew Middle School in St. Louis, Missouri, but when he did not show up for work on Monday, coworkers and school administrators became worried. School officials called the police to do a welfare check on the teacher out of their concern over his uncharacteristic absence.
Local news, WVTM 13, commented on the passing of Galloway as well, saying:
The eighth graders at Compton-Drew Middle School in St. Louis, Missouri are in mourning today. They have shut the door of a popular teacher’s classroom. It’s out of respect for their English teacher, a teacher they loved so much.
Former Bama running back Ahmaad Galloway has died. School principal Susan Reid says that Galloway, an eighth-grade English teacher, was found dead on Monday at his St. Louis apartment during a welfare check.
WVTM 13added more details about Galloway’s early life and how others viewed him, saying:
Galloway was a quiet, humble man who let his talking take place on the football field. A bruising running back out of Millington, Tennessee, Galloway played for the Crimson Tide from 1999 to 2002.
“Ahmaad was always quiet and humble,” his sister Kimberly Slaughter tells me. “My brother loved football growing up and later loved his children Austin and Aubrey.”
Galloway’s first cousin Monaco Houston tells me that Galloway was a man of his word. “Growing up he always said that he was going to reach the NFL, and he did,” Houston said. “He had a quiet smile- he was very shy. As he grew, he was always great with kids- he was loved very much.”
The principal of Compton-Drew Middle School, speaking about Galloway, said “Ahmaad was always on time, very responsible, so we knew something might be wrong. There wasn’t anything disrupted at Ahmaad’s apartment, so we are thinking that it could have been a medical issue.”
That principal also noted that the cause of death is as yet unknown, saying “The medical examiner is working to find out how Ahmaad died. The family is coming together from different parts of the country before deciding on funeral arrangements.”
Galloway isn’t the only athlete to have died without a clear medical explanation being initially apparent lately. Just this week, a star rugby player in England passed away in his home overnight; he was aged only 18. Additionally, a Canadian baseball star and Las Vegas high school senior both also passed away suddenly.
Breitbart, commenting on Galloway’s career and why his time in the NFL didn’t last long, said:
Galloway was a standout with the Crimson Tide, earning 1,830 yards with 17 touchdowns over his four years. In 2021 he rushed for 881 yards on 174 carries with six touchdowns for Alabama. The success made him a cinch for pro football, and he was drafted into the NFL by the Denver Broncos in the seventh round of the 2003 NFL Draft.
However, Galloway suffered an injury very early and sat out his entire first season. After that, he jumped around to several other teams and also played for NFL Europe. But after only a few years, his NFL career was over.
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