Ex-Alabama soccer star Amhaad Galloway dies at 42

Former Alabama running back Ahmaad Galloway was found dead in his St. Louis apartment on Monday, according to WVTM13.

Galloway, 42, was an eighth-grade English teacher at Compton-Drew Middle School in St. Louis, where school principal Susan Reid said he was found dead during a check-up social assistance.

“Ahmaad was always on time, very responsible. So we knew something might be wrong,” Reid told WVTM13. “Nothing was disturbed in Ahmaad’s apartment, we So we think it could have been a medical issue.”

Ahmaad Galloway of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs with the ball against the South Carolina Gamecocks September 30, 2000.
Ahmaad Galloway of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs with the ball against the South Carolina Gamecocks September 30, 2000.
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Ahmaad Galloway with his children Austin and Aubrey
Ahmaad Galloway with his children Austin and Aubrey.
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A cause of death has not been determined for Galloway, who played for the Crimson Tide from 1999 to 2002, finishing with 1,830 yards and 17 touchdowns.

“The medical examiner is working to find out how Ahmad died,” Reid said. “The family is meeting from different parts of the country before deciding on funeral arrangements.”

Galloway primarily served as a backup to future NFL MVP Shaun Alexander during his time at Tuscaloosa. He was selected by the Broncos in the seventh round of the 2003 NFL Draft and missed his rookie season while rehabilitating a knee injury he suffered during his senior year at Alabama.

Alabama Crimson Tide's Ahmaad Galloway #29 runs with the ball as Tony White #51 reaches for the tackle during the Rose Bowl game September 2, 2000 in Pasadena, California.
Alabama running back Ahmaad Galloway runs with the ball as Tony White #51 reaches to tackle him during the Rose Bowl game September 2, 2000 in Pasadena, California.
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“When Ahmaad came to Bama he was humble, but mature beyond his years,” former Crimson Tide offensive lineman Griff Redmill told WCTM13. “He was mature and very well organized – I knew straight away he was someone who could be my friend for life.”

Upon his return to the field, Galloway played in NFL Europe with the Scottish Claymores, before spending a season with the San Diego Chargers. He last played for Frankfurt Galaxy in 2005.

Galloway became a high school coach in 2010. He is survived by two children, Austin and Aubrey.

Ahmaad Galloway of the San Diego Chargers poses for his NFL portrait in 2005 at photo day in San Diego, Calif.
Ahmaad Galloway of the San Diego Chargers poses for his NFL portrait in 2005 at photo day in San Diego, Calif.
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Running back Ahmaad Galloway of the San Diego Chargers takes on the St. Louis Rams in their preseason game August 21, 2005 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.
San Diego Chargers running back Ahmaad Galloway battles the St. Louis Rams in a preseason game, August 21, 2005 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.
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“Ahmaad was always calm and humble,” Galloway’s sister Kimberley Slaughter said. “My brother loved football growing up and later loved his kids Austin and Aubrey.”

Reid said the door to Galloway’s classroom at the school would be closed out of respect, adding that students would make signs and banners in his memory. Compton-Drew Middle School students receive counseling.

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