Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback and Ohio State Legend Dwayne Haskins He died at the age of 24, ESPN‘s Adam Shifter reports.
Haskins, who was previously on loan in the first round, was reportedly “hit by a car in South Florida,” his agent, Cedric Saundershas been confirmed.
Shifter reported that Haskins “was training in South Florida with other Steelers backstrokes, running backs and wide receivers” when he was hit by a car.
“Dwayne Haskins, a senior at Ohio State before becoming Washington’s first-round pick and playing in Pittsburgh, died this morning when he was hit by a car in South Florida, according to his agent Cedric Saunders. Haskins would have turned 25 on May 3,” Shifter tweeted.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin He issued the following statement regarding Haskins’ death:
“I was stunned and bewildered by the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins. He quickly became part of our Steel 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 even more so a great friend To many, I am really sad.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Calabria and all his family during this difficult time.”
The Ohio State University football program also shared an infographic praising the distinguished former quarterback along with a tweet that read “Captain. Legend. Forever Bakai.”
Former Ohio State coach Urban Meyerwho coached Haskins during his entire collegiate quarterback career, tweeted that he was “shattered to hear the loss of Dwayne Haskins Jr.”
“My thoughts and prayers are with his wonderful family,” Mayer wrote. “One of the greatest QBs in Ohio history, but the best son, colleague, and friend. God bless you!!”
Several other players, media and fans from the NFL and college football, responded to the tragic news of Haskins’ death on Saturday morning (April 9).
Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert – who recently announced his decision to step down after the 2022 NFL Draft – confirmed the Steelers’ bidding Haskins plans ahead of his scheduled restricted free agency at the start of the offseason and before bringing in the team Mitchell Trubesky.
The Haskins were snapped by the now-leaders in Washington after they were demoted for the second time during the 2020 season in December 2020, 20 months after the franchise picked the former Ohio State center 15th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The former Ohio State star signed with the Steelers in December 2020 and said he was looking to prove his love for football in 2021, playing behind the veteran quarterback who started. Ben Roethlisbergerwho praised Backup for having one of the “most beautiful” throwing mechanisms he’s ever seen.
“I was just saying [new Steelers quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan] Roethlisberger said of Haskins during off-season training via Triplife. “I told him I wish I had it. I joked that he could throw it in the car wash, and it wouldn’t get wet.”