Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and OSU standout Dwayne Haskins, 24, died after being hit by a car
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and former Ohio State star Dwayne Haskins was killed after being hit by a car.
Haskins, who was due to turn 25 next month, was training with his team in South Florida when the fatal accident happened early Saturday morning, his agent, Cedric Saunders, confirmed to ESPN’s Adam Schefter .
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed reports of Haskins’ passing and released his condolences to Haskins loved ones.
“I am devastated and at a loss for words with the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins,” Tomlin said in a statement confirming his death. “He quickly became part of our Steelers family upon his arrival in Pittsburgh and was one of our hardest workers, both on the field and in our community.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Kalabrya, and all of his family during this difficult time.”
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins was killed after being hit by a car
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin released a statement late Saturday morning confirming his death
While no further details were provided about Haskins’ crash, the Florida Highway Patrol reported a fatal crash along Interstate 595 in Fort Lauderdale around 6:37 a.m. Saturday.
Troopers responded to the westbound lanes of I-595 between Interstate 95 north and south after receiving reports that a dump truck had crashed into a 24-year-old man.
The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.
All westbound lanes of I-595 remain closed while police investigate the crash. According to WSVN, drivers were diverted to southbound I-95.
The Florida Highway Patrol did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for confirmation that Haskins, 24, was the victim of the I-595 crash.
Haskins’ death was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who said the 24-year-old agent confirmed he was hit by a car early Saturday morning.
Haskins was drafted into the NFL by the Washington Commanders in 2019 as the 15th overall pick after having a fantastic season with the Buckeyes.
Although he only started at Ohio State for one season, Haskins quickly became one of the best players in college football.
In his only season as a starter, he threw for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns. He had 54 career touchdowns.
Haskins also set several conference records, earning him the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year award. He also finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2018.
Ohio State posted a photo of Haskins on its Twitter feed on Saturday. He said, ‘Chief. Legend. Always a Buckeye.’
Haskins is pictured with his wife, Kalabrya Haskins, at Disney World in June 2021
Haskins, 24, was drafted into the NFL by the Washington Commanders in 2019. He is pictured during a game against Detroit in November 2019.
In his only season as a starter at Ohio State, he threw for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns. He had 54 career touchdowns. He is pictured during an OSU-Penn State game in September 2018
Haskins struggled in his first two years in the league and was eliminated by Washington in December 2020.
He threw for seven touchdowns and seven interceptions in his rookie season, and in his second season threw for five touchdowns before the team released him.
Along with losing his starting job, Haskins was also fined $40,000 in 2020 for violating NFL COVID-19 protocols after he was seen partying in public without a mask.
“We are devastated to hear the news of the tragic passing of Dwayne Haskins, Jr. He was a young man with enormous potential who had an infectious personality,” Commanders owners Dan and Tanya Snyder said in a statement on Saturday.
“To say we are heartbroken is an understatement. Our hearts and prayers go out to Dwayne’s family members and all who knew and loved him.
Haskins signed with the Steelers in January 2021 and was expected to compete for a starter this year following the retirement of Ben Roethlisberger. Haskins is pictured during a game against the North Carolina Panthers in August 2021
The Steelers gave Haskins a chance to resurrect his career in January 2021 when they signed him a month after being released by Washington.
Seemingly humbled by the offer, Haskins stressed that he was eager to work hard and absorb as much as he could from Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph.
He made the roster as a third string but only dressed once, serving as a substitute in a tie with Detroit after Roethlisberger was placed on COVID-19 protocol the day before the match.
“The world lost a great person today,” Steelers star TJ Watt tweeted. “When Dwayne first walked into the locker room, I could tell he was an optimistic guy. He always made people smile, never taking life for granted.
“Devastated,” Rudolph said on social media.
Both Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert praised Haskins for his improvement since joining the team, and the Steelers re-signed him to a one-year deal as a restricted free agent in March. .
“We’re excited to see what Dwayne can bring, either from competing or maybe evolving as a starter,” Colbert said in January.
Haskins was expected to compete with Rudolph and Mitch Trubisky for a starting spot following the retirement of Ben Roethlisberger.
Reports say he had worked in South Florida this week with several teammates including Trubisky and other skill position players including running back Najee Harris and tight end Pat Freiermuth.
The news of Haskins’ death has left many heartbroken, including other professional athletes, industry members and former Buckeyes, as evidenced by the flood of tributes on social media dedicated to the player.
‘Heartbreaking. RIP Dwayne Haskins! Sending blessings and prayers to his family! Life is precious. We’re always reminded of that,’ Chicago Cubs pitcher Marcus Stroman tweeted. “Incredibly sad to see young kings and queens, with their whole lives ahead of them, gone too soon. Love your people and find your daily happiness!’
‘It’s difficult. As an Ohio State alum, I loved what Dwayne Haskins did for the school,’ ESPN NFL Nation reporter John Keim wrote. “As a journalist, getting to know him and talking to him many times and getting to know his relatives, it’s really difficult, knowing the devastating impact on their lives. So young. So sad.
The news of Haskins’ death has left many heartbroken, including other industry members, athletes and former Buckeyes.
“Dwayne Haskins always showed pure class whenever the OSU media spoke to him. A terrific young man,” wrote Bucknuts radio host and editor Dave Biddle. ‘#RIP to one of the best young men and QB’s in Ohio State history. So sad.
“Beyond the sadness of the loss of Dwayne Haskins. This boy achieved his dreams playing at Ohio State. Gone way too soon,’ Ohio State attorney and elder Isaac Caverly wrote. ‘ At a loss for words.One of my favorite players to watch, God please take care of his family.
“There’s no way this is real. I can’t even believe it. I just woke up to some of the worst and most shocking news of my entire life. I’m speechless. I’m heartbroken. shattered. I don’t even know what to say. I love Dwayne Haskins. An absolute gem of a human,’ Sam Block wrote. “Every teammate loved Dwayne Haskins. Every coach loved Dwayne Haskins. All the people who knew the REAL Dwayne Haskins…they LOVE DWAYNE HASKINS.