Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins died early Saturday morning after being hit by a dump truck near Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was 24 years old.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Haskins was walking at a “limited access facility (highway/highway) for unknown reasons” around 6:37 a.m. The FHP said he was trying to cross the western lanes of Interstate 595 when he crashed into a truck dump. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the FHP, and homicide investigators were on the scene.
The Highway Patrol added that there were live broadcast cameras near the scene of the accident, but no footage was recorded, and that the dump truck driver remained at the scene after the accident and no one was arrested.
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Haskins signed with the Steelers as a developmental QB in January 2021 but didn’t see any action through the 2021 season. He was at Florida State training with other players at the Steelers’ Skills Center, such as Mitch Trubesky, down Nagy Harris and Pat Freermouth’s court finish.
“I am shocked and speechless at the passing of Dwayne Haskins,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement on Saturday. “He quickly became part of the Steelers family upon his arrival in Pittsburgh and was one of our most hard working, both on the field and in our community.
“Dwayne was a wonderful teammate, but a great friend to so many. I am truly sad. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Calabria, and his entire family during this difficult time.”
Haskins was a standout at Ohio State and in 2018, his only season as a rookie, he threw 50 touchdown passes, won the Top Ten Offensive Player of the Year and finished third in the Heisman Trophy vote.
He was drafted with the 15th overall pick by Washington in the 2019 NFL Draft. Haskins played in nine games of his rookie season, throwing seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. In his second season, he threw five times before being released in December 2020.
Haskins is survived by his wife Calabria, parents Dwayne and Tamara, and younger sister Tamiya.
“We were saddened to hear of the tragic death of Dwayne Haskins Jr. He was a young man of tremendous potential who had an infectious personality,” said co-owners Dan and Tanya Snyder. He said in a statement. “To say we’re heartbroken is an understatement. Our hearts and prayers are with the members of Dwayne’s family and all those who knew and loved him.”
Dwayne Haskins shines in Ohio
“The Ohio Department of Athletics is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Dwayne Haskins on Saturday morning,” the school said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with the entire Haskins family during this most difficult time. Our prayers are with the family, and with current and former teammates, coaches, friends, and relatives.”
Haskins finished third in the Heisman Trophy vote in 2018 after throwing 50 touchdowns.
He beat Joe Borough at the start in 2018 and had a great season with the Buckeyes. He threw for 4,831 yards and completed 70 percent of his passes. He was awarded the Silver Big Ten as the best player of the conference.
Haskins signed with Ohio State in 2016 as a four-star recruit from the Police School in Potomac, Maryland. He was late for kindergarten as a freshman and was a backup for JT Barrett in 2017. At the Michigan game that year, he replaced the injured Haskins Barrett and led OSU to a 31-20 win again over the Wolverines.
In 2018, Haskins fought with Burrow to succeed Barrett as the Buckeyes’ apprentice. Haskins was the supposed frontrunner due to his performance against Michigan. Burrow, who broke his thumb in 2017, was unable to fire Haskins in spring training and moved to LSU.
Urban Meyer’s reaction to the death of Dwayne Haskins
Mayer, the Haskins coach in Ohio, told the Columbus Dispatch on Saturday that he was devastated.
“He was one of the sweetest kids,” Meyer said. “All the players loved him. My daughter (Nikki Mayer Dennis) just showed me a picture of him holding our grandson. I’m just so sad for that family.”
Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith wrote on Twitter: “Shocked and saddened by the devastating news of Dwayne. He was a legend on the court and a truly amazing human being. Prayers for the Haskins family.”
Contributing: Columbus Dispatch, Saved Dean
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