Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and former Ohio State star Dwayne Haskins He died last Saturday morning after being hit by a truck on a South Florida highway. Haskins was 24 years old.
After Monday’s spring training, Ohio State’s head coach Ryan Day He met with the media to share his thoughts on Haskins. One of the things Day was asked about was Steelers coach Mike Tomlin’s support for the former Backies player. Haskins signed with the Steelers last January after spending his first two years with the Washington leaders.
“That was the most important conversation he had when he had the reboot with the Steelers,” day said. “And coach Tomlin was incredible. He really wanted to help. He felt like he saw those special things and traits in Dwayne. I think it says a lot about that organization, just what they tried to do for him and where they were.”
“But I think he felt like this was a great opportunity for him. He made some changes. And it was all in him. And so any time you play for one year in college and you go into this league, it’s a challenge. And that was going to be a journey. It takes time, Especially in this position, everyone has a different story. And he was still working through that ordeal.”
Tomlin, from Encourage the franchise to sign Haskins as a free agent Ahead of the 2021 season, he praised the duo’s relationship off the field.
“I am devastated and at a loss with an unfortunate death Dwayne HaskinsTomlin said in a statement. “He quickly became part of the Steelers family upon his arrival in Pittsburgh and was one of our most dedicated workers, both on the field and in our community. Dwayne was a wonderful teammate, but a wonderful friend to so many. I am truly heartbroken. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Calabria. and his entire family during this difficult time.”
The Florida Highway Patrol told CBS Miami that Haskins was walking at a “limited access facility for unknown reasons” along Interstate 595 before he was injured and pronounced dead at the scene at 6:37 a.m. local time.
“He was trying to cross the western lanes of Interstate 595 when there was oncoming traffic,” Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Lt. Indiana Miranda said in a statement emailed to CBS Miami.
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Authorities said Haskins’ death is an open investigation into a traffic homicide, and the Florida Highway Patrol added on Monday that it will not provide any further updates until the case is closed, which could take up to 90 days. Haskins has been in Florida training with several of his NFL teammates, according to his agent, including the Steelers’ recent free agency signing. Mitch Trubeskyrunning back Nagy Harris and narrow end Pat Frymouth.
Brad Crawford contributed to this report.