Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins fatally struck by dump truck on Florida turnpike, police say

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins fatally struck by dump truck on Florida turnpike, police say
Haskinswho re-signed with the Steelers last month, was 24 years old.

Haskins was trying to cross the westbound lanes of Interstate 595 near the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Broward County when the dump truck struck him, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The incident was reported shortly after 6:30 am, the patrol said.

He was “walking down (the highway) for unknown reasons” when the incident occurred, the patrol said in a news release.

Details about what led to that were not immediately available. In recent days, Haskins had been in South Florida training with some Steelers teammates, as captured on Instagram stories from Haskins and Steelers running back najee harris.

The news of Haskins’ death generated shock statements throughout the league and beyond.

“I am devastated and speechless by the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement released by the team.

“He quickly became a part of our Steelers family upon his arrival in Pittsburgh and was one of our best workers, both on the field and in our community,” Tomlin’s statement said. “Dwayne was a great teammate, but even more so a tremendous friend to many. I am truly heartbroken.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Kalabrya, and their entire family during this difficult time.”

“I feel that I can be a starter in this league”

Haskins, a backup last season for the now retired Longtime Steeler Ben Roethlisberger, re-signed with the Steelers for one year last monthabout to enter his fourth year in the NFL.
“I feel like I can be a starter in this league. I was drafted for that reason,” Haskins said in January, according to steelers.com. “I definitely think I have the talent to do it. I just haven’t put it all together yet. And that’s something I have to do this offseason to get in position to play.”

Haskins rose to fame at Ohio State, where he set OSU and Big Ten Conference records as a redshirt sophomore in 2018, including single-season passing yards (4,831), touchdown passes (50), and total offensive yards (4,939).

The finished third in voting for the Heisman Trophy that seasonawarded to the most outstanding player in college football.
Washington selected Haskins as the 15th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Haskins played 16 games over two seasons for Washington, starting 13 times, before the team released it in December 2020 towards the end of its second season.
the steelers picked it up in January 2021although he did not appear in a regular season game for Pittsburgh.
Former Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said in Twitter that although she only knew Haskins for a short time, she knew him to be “a young man who never seemed to have a bad day”.

“He came to work every day with a smile on his face and energy and love in his heart. I really enjoyed his passion and love for the game and eager to learn and be the best. His smile and zest for life will be missed!” Roethlisberger said.”I’ll say it again like I said it to your face, I still wish I could throw the ball like you,” he added.

‘Absolutely heartbroken’

Commanders from Washington, Ohio State and other players expressed shock and condolences.

Steelers defensive tackle Cameron Heyward tweeted that “Dwayne meant a lot to so many people.”

“His smile was infectious and he was a guy you wanted to be with,” Hewyard wrote. “We’re all in shock to lose him. We’re going to miss him terribly too. We lost you way too soon. Luckily I got a chance to meet you. RIP DH.”

Haskins’ assistant head coach in Washington, Ron Rivera, said Saturday that he was “absolutely heartbroken” to learn of his former player’s passing.

“Dwayne was a talented young man with a long life ahead of him,” says Rivera. statement says. “This is a very sad time and I am honestly at a loss for words. I know I speak for the rest of our team in saying that he will be sorely missed.”
Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool he remembered Haskins’s disinterest in his final interaction with him.
“I spent your last moments with you and I can’t help but think how selfless you were in those moments. All you cared about was making sure everyone around you was okay and I can’t thank you enough for that. You are what I strive for.” to be”, Claypool tweeted.
Ohio State head coach Ryan Day said in a cheep that the university community is “heartbroken”.

“The loss of Dwayne is beyond tragic and extremely difficult to process. To those who knew him closely, he was so much more than a great football player. He had a giant heart, an old soul and an infectious smile,” Day tweeted.

The Ohio State athletic department released a statement saying it was “terribly saddened to learn of the death of Dwayne Haskins on Saturday morning.”

“We are thinking of the entire Haskins family during this very difficult time. Our prayers are with the family and his current and former teammates, coaches, friends and relatives,” he read in the statement.

In his 16 career NFL games in Washington, Haskins pulled for 2,804 yards, 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

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