Former Arkansas offensive lineman Brian Wallace dead at 26

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Brian Wallace, an offensive lineman who started 12 games for the University of Arkansas in 2018, died Friday, the school said. He was 26.

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Wallace suffered two heart attacks on Monday and was hospitalized in St. Louis, KNWA-TV reported. He was placed in the intensive care unit and slipped into a coma, according to the television station. He was breathing with the help of a respirator, KNWA reported.

“Our hearts are broken. Brian will always be a Razorback,” the university tweeted. “Our thoughts and love are with Brian’s family and friends.”

Wallace’s father, Brian Wallace Sr., told Otis Kirk of Pig Trail Nation his son was having trouble breathing while at work and went outside to sit in his car to see if he would feel better.

“Wallace then went back into work and collapsed with a heart attack,” Kirk reported. “The medical personnel worked hard to get him to breathing again.”

Wallace, a St. Louis native, graduated from Christian Brothers College High School, KSDK-TV reported. He was a four-star recruit and was ranked the top prep football player in Missouri when he signed with Arkansas in 2014, according to the television station.

“So saddened by the passing of Brian Wallace,” CBC Football tweeted. “We had the joy of watching him grow into a young man on and off the field. Always in our hearts. Love you big fella.”

Wallace redshirted at Arkansas in 2014, then played three games in 2015, KNWA reported. In 2018, he started all 12 games for the Razorbacks; he appeared in 29 games during his college career, according to KSDK.

Wallace also played in four games for the XFL’s St. Louis BattleHawks, starting once, the television station reported.

Denver signed Wallace as an undrafted NFL free agent in 2019, according to Bleacher Report. He joined the Washington Football Team he was released by the Broncos after the rookie minicamp.

He was waived by Washington after a non-football injury and then signed with the Seattle Seahawks, the website reported. He did not appear in a game for the Seahawks.