Former Alabama Crimson Tide running back Ahmaad Galloway, 42, was found dead in his apartment Monday, according to a report by WVTM 13.
Galloway, the former Crimson Tide running back, was an eighth-grade English teacher in St. Louis. The school’s principal told WVTM 13 that Galloway was found dead in his apartment during a welfare check after not showing up to work.
“Ahmaad was always on time, very responsible, so we knew something might be wrong,” Susan Reid told WVTM 13. “There wasn’t anything disrupted at Ahmaad’s apartment, so we are thinking that it could have been a medical issue.
An official cause of death is still undetermined for Galloway, who played for the Crimson Tide from 1999 to 2002.
“The medical examiner is working to find out how Ahmaad died,” Reid said. “The family is coming together from different parts of the country before deciding on funeral arrangements.”
In 1999, Galloway joined the Alabama football program serving primarily as a backup to Shaun Alexander in his first season. The following season, Shaun Alexander moved on to the NFL, and Galloway’s role was increased. Over his sophomore and junior seasons combined, Galloway rushed for 1,540 yards and 13 touchdowns before his college career was cut short because of a knee injury his senior season.
In 2003, Galloway was selected by the Denver Broncos in the seventh round of the NFL draft. He also spent time playing in the NFL Europe League before retiring.
Galloway worked as an assistant football coach at Oak Mountain High School in 2010 under head coach Jeff Harris.
The following year, Caleb Ross hired Galloway as his assistant coach at Thompson High School.
“He was patient and kind. The kids absolutely loved him,” Ross said. “He was a young coach, but the kids flocked to him.”
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