How did Ahmaad Galloway die? Former Alabama running back, 42, found dead in his Missouri apartment

How did Ahmaad Galloway die? Former Alabama running back, 42, found dead in his Missouri apartment
Galloway was discovered deceased in his apartment during a welfare check (Getty Images)

ST LOUIS, MISSOURI: Ahmaad Galloway, a former running back for Alabama, was discovered dead at the age of 42 on January 9 at his residence in St Louis. A medical examination is still underway, but no cause of death has been identified.

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Galloway was the eighth-grade English teacher at Compton-Drew Middle School in St Louis. He was discovered deceased during a welfare check, according to Susan Reid, the principal of the school. "Ahmaad was always on time, very responsible," Reid told WVTM13. "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. 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."

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Between 1999 and 2002, Reid, a father of two, played for the Crimson Tide under coaches Mike Dubose and Dennis Franchione, rushing for 1,830 yards and 17 touchdowns. He would later be selected by the Denver Broncos in the seventh round, but injuries he sustained at Alabama prevented him from playing in his rookie season. Later traded to the San Diego Chargers, he also played for the Scottish Claymores and Frankfurt Galaxy in NFL Europe. After his NFL career came to an end in 2004, he went back to coaching high school football in Missouri, as per Daily Mail.

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Running back Ahmaad Galloway #28 of the San Diego Chargers runs against the St. Louis Rams during their preseason NFL game on August 21, 2005 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Rams 36-21.
Running back Ahmaad Galloway #28 of the San Diego Chargers runs against the St. Louis Rams during their preseason NFL game on August 21, 2005 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California (Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

"When Ahmaad arrived at Bama, he was humble, yet mature beyond his years," former Alabama offensive lineman Griff Redmill told WCTM13. "He was mature and very put together — I knew right away that he was a person that could be my friend for life."

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Galloway is survived by his two children, Austin and Aurbey. "Ahmaad was always quiet and humble," Galloway's sister Kimberley Slaughter said. "My brother loved football growing up and later loved his children Austin and Aubrey." According to Reid, Galloway's students at Compton-Drew Middle School are receiving bereavement counseling while his classroom has been kept empty in his honor.

2 Sep 2000:  Ahmaad Galloway #29 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs with the ball while Tony White #51 reaches to tackle him during the game against the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The Bruins defeated the Crimson Tide 24-35. Mandatory Credit: Jon Ferrey  /Allsport
2 Sep 2000: Ahmaad Galloway #29 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs with the ball while Tony White #51 reaches to tackle him during the game against the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The Bruins defeated the Crimson Tide 24-35. Mandatory Credit: Jon Ferrey /Allsport

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On the 2001 team, Galloway was well-known for being responsible and motivated to take the lead, but he was much more than that. He like loud music, which would blare from his green Jeep Cherokee as he entered the football complex, announcing his arrival. Chris James, a former defensive back for Alabama, remembers Galloway for his humor and recalls the unrivaled banter that used to exist between Galloway and cornerback Gerald "Smoke" Dixon in the locker room. And Dennis Alexander, a former offensive lineman for the UA who is now a member of the Miles coaching staff, recalls their joint trips home. Galloway and Alexander, who are both from the Memphis region, frequently drove Alexander to and from UA when athletes had ample time off to go, as reported by The Tennessean.

"At that time there were a lot more country roads between Memphis and Tuscaloosa, and he'd honk at all these people out on their porches," Alexander said. "I asked if he knew them. He'd say 'No, I'm just speaking to them, saying hello.'"

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