The sports world is in mourning today following the tragic death of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who was struck by a car early Saturday morning in Florida.
In a statement released on social media by Haskins’ team, Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin said, “I am devastated and at a loss for words with the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins. 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. Dwayne was a great teammate, but even more so a tremendous friend to so many.”
“I am truly heartbroken,” Tomlin said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Kalabrya, and his entire family during this difficult time.”
Statement from Head Coach Mike Tomlin: pic.twitter.com/hI5QaKzBUq
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 9, 2022
Dwayne was just under one month shy of his 25th birthday. He was in South Florida to train with his team.
Details of the fatal incident have not yet been released.
ESPN’s Senior NFL Insider, Adam Schefter, broke the sad story.
“Dwayne Haskins, a standout at Ohio State before becoming Washington’s first-round pick and playing in Pittsburgh, died this morning when he got hit by a car in South Florida, per his agent Cedric Saunders,” Schefter tweeted.
Dwayne Haskins, a standout at Ohio State before becoming Washington’s first-round pick and playing in Pittsburgh, died this morning when he got hit by a car in South Florida, per his agent Cedric Saunders. Haskins would have turned 25 years old on May 3.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 9, 2022
Senior NFL Reporter Albert Breer reported that Haskins had spent the week in Miami training with quarterbacks Mitchell Trubisky, running back Najee Harris, and “a group of Steelers players.”
“Terrible news,” Breer said. “Was a great kid.”
Terrible news. Was a great kid. Had been in Miami this week training with Mitch Trubisky, Najee Harris and a group of Steelers players. https://t.co/8GAqopJfMI
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 9, 2022
“Haskins was expected to compete for the starting [quarterback] job in Pittsburgh following veteran Ben Roethlisberger’s retirement,” Fox News reported.
“After redshirting his freshman year at Ohio State, Haskins served as backup quarterback, throwing for 565 yards, and one interception,” Fox News continued. “The following season he was named the starter and went on to have a tremendous season, throwing for 4,831 yards, 50 touchdowns, and eight interceptions.”
For his performance that season, Haskins was voted second runner-up for the coveted Heisman Trophy.
He was drafted 15th overall by the Washington Commanders in 2019, and the team’s co-owners, Dan and Tanya Snyder described Haskins as having an “infectious personality.”
“We are devastated to hear the news of the tragic passing of Dwayne Haskins Jr.,” the Snyders said in a statement released on the Commanders Twitter account. “He was a young man with a tremendous amount of potential who had an infectious personality. To say we are heartbroken is an understatement.”
Statement from co-owners Dan and Tanya Snyder pic.twitter.com/6Dn0z3RbeQ
— Washington Commanders (@Commanders) April 9, 2022
A statement released by Goal Line Football, Haskins’ agency, read: “We mourn the tragic loss of our GL family member Dwayne Haskins. There are no words to define this grief. Our prayers and condolences go out to his family and the Steelers family. Rest in power Dwayne.”
— Goal Line Football (@GoalineFootball) April 9, 2022
Brett Hanfling, host of “Fireside Knicks,” shared a video of a jovial Haskins posted by the player to social media just yesterday.
“It’s a reminder how fragile life is,” Hanfling tweeted.
Dwayne Haskins just posted this video having fun and joking around yesterday
It’s a reminder how fragile life is pic.twitter.com/b9KFrWbrnd
— Brett (@Brett_Hanfling) April 9, 2022
Pinned to Haskins’ Twitter profile is another video — this one from 2019 and captioned, “I only make classics, what that take timing.”
— Dwayne Haskins, Jr (@dh_simba7) February 4, 2019
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