Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins died Saturday morning when he was struck by a vehicle while walking as a pedestrian on a Florida highway.
Haskins was 24 years old.
“I am devastated and speechless by the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins,” Steelers 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. Dwayne was a great teammate, but even more so a tremendous friend to many. I am really heartbroken.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Kalabrya, and their entire family during this difficult time.”
Florida police said Haskins died when he was hit by a garbage truck and pronounced dead at the scene.
Haskins was walking on a limited access facility (highway/freeway) for unknown reasons. He was attempting to cross the westbound lanes of Interstate 595 when traffic was approaching. Unfortunately, he collided with a dump truck,” according to the spokeswoman. Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Indiana Miranda.
The accident occurred at 6:37 am near the intersection of I-595 and I-95 in Broward County, near Fort Lauderdale.
Miranda said the incident is being investigated by the agency’s traffic homicide division and no additional information will be released until the investigation is complete.
Statement from head coach Mike Tomlin: pic.twitter.com/hI5QaKzBUq
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 9, 2022
A former Ohio State star who was a first-round pick by the then-Washington Redskins in 2019, Haskins was released before the end of his second NFL season and joined the Steelers early last year out of season. He spent the entire 2021 season on the active roster as the No. 3 quarterback behind Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph. With Roethlisberger’s retirement, Tomlin had said Haskins would have a chance to win the starting job this season.
A native of Potomac, Md., Haskins was a 2018 Heisman Trophy finalist.
Last month Haskins signed a tender for $2.54 million from the Steelers as a restricted free agent. He was inactive for one game day on all but one of his tenure with the Steelers: Nov. 14, when Roethlisberger tested positive for Covid-19.
At 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, Haskins’ talent was recognizable and honed at a young age. One of the best pro-style quarterbacks in the country to come out of The Bullis School, he eventually signed with Ohio State. He would go on to break nearly two dozen school career, season, or game passing/attacking records, throwing for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdown passes while winning the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year award in 2018.
“Leader. Legend, Forever a Buckeye,” it said. a posted message to the verified Twitter account for Ohio State football.
He loved his family, he loved his teammates, he loved the game and he will be sorely missed. Prayers to the family of Dwayne Haskins.❤️ pic.twitter.com/IoN7nBHga1
– NFLPA (@NFLPA) April 9, 2022
Haskins’ official NFL draft profile the following spring touted his “exploding arm talent.” Roethlisberger, a future Hall of Fame quarterback who was also a first-round pick, would marvel at the strength of Haskins’ arm shortly after practicing with him as a teammate for the first time last year.
“His release and throw moves are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen,” Roethlisberger said in June. “I told him I wish I had that. I joked that I could throw it through a car wash and it wouldn’t get wet.”
Hawkins’ hometown, Washington franchise selected him with the 15th overall pick three years ago.
A declaration released by the now Commanders franchise attributed to the owners, Dan and Tanya Snyder said they were “devastated”.
“He was a young man of tremendous potential who had an infectious personality,” the Snyders’ statement said. “To say that we are heartbroken is an understatement. Our hearts and prayers go out to Dwayne’s family members and all those who knew and loved him.”
We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Dwayne Haskins.
May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/PsDEx9RI5J
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 9, 2022
Haskins started just 13 games (going 3-10) with 12 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions in 16 total appearances for Washington. A day after committing four turnovers in a loss and after twice violating the NFL’s covid-19 protocols during that coronavirus-affected 2020 season, Haskins was released One game left on the schedule.
He signed with the Steelers three weeks later, looking to revitalize his career in Pittsburgh. By all accounts, from Tomlin on down and through his teammates, Haskins was well received among the Steelers. The fact that the Steelers offered him the contract bid this spring despite the presence of Rudolph and newly signed Mitch Trubisky on the roster supported that he had been a welcome addition to the roster over the past year.
“The world lost a great person today,” he said. a posted message to the verified Twitter account of Steelers star linebacker TJ Watt. “When Dwayne first walked into the locker room, I realized that he was an optimistic guy. He was always making people smile, he never took life for granted. His impact on me will last forever.”
Haskins was in Florida along with several other Steelers offensive players at Trubisky’s invitation.
“Devastated”, it said a message posted on Rudolph’s verified Twitter account.