Dwayne Haskins, quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, dies at 24 after being hit by a dump truck

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins, coach Mike Tomlin has died confirmed Saturday. He was 24 years old.

“I am devastated and puzzled by the unfortunate death of Dwayne Haskins,” Tomlin said in a statement posted to the Steelers’ Twitter account. He described the midfielder as “a great teammate” and “a great friend to so many.”

A Haskins dump truck was hit while trying to cross a Florida highway around 6:40 a.m. Saturday, according to the State Highway Patrol. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Highway Patrol said it was unclear why he was on Interstate 595 in Broward County. The investigation into his death is still underway.

Prior to his debut in the NFL, Haskins He played at Ohio State University, where he was a notable player who reached the finals of the prestigious Heisman Cup. He joined the NFL in 2019, when Washington took him into the first round of the draft.

Dwayne Haskins, No. 3 of the Pittsburgh Steelers, is seen during a game against the Detroit Lions at Haines Field on August 21, 2021, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Dwayne Haskins, No. 3 of the Pittsburgh Steelers, is seen during a game against the Detroit Lions at Haines Field on August 21, 2021, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Haskins started the 2020 season as a start for Washington and was named one of the team captains. He was put off the bench four weeks later, at which point Washington was 1-3.

Haskins was released in January 2021 and later picked up by the Steelers.

In a statement, co-owners Dan and Tanya Snyder shared She said They were “devastated” by the news of Haskins’ death.

“He was a young man of enormous potential and an infectious personality,” they said. “To say we’re heartbroken is an understatement.”

Head Coach Ron Rivera call Haskins “a talented young man who had a long life ahead of him”.

“I know I am speaking on behalf of the rest of our team to say he will be missed,” Rivera said in a statement. “Our entire team sends our heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers to the Haskins family at this time.”

NFL too chirp My condolences to the Haskins family and loved ones.

The Twitter account of the Ohio State Football Program Spread Picture of Haskins reading “Boss. Legend. Forever Buckeye.”

Haskins’ colleagues responded to his death on social media. TJ Watt, the Steelers’ outside quarterback, chirpToday, the world has lost a great person.

“When Dwayne first walked into the locker room, I could tell he was an upbeat guy,” Watt said. “He always makes people smile, doesn’t take life for granted. And his influence on me will continue…forever.”

Watt’s brother and teammate Derek Watt chirp“This is heartbreaking news. Road gone early. Rest in peace Dwayne.”

“Dwayne meant a lot to a lot of people. His smile was contagious and he was a guy you want to be around,” Cam Hayward of the Steelers, who played for Ohio State, chirp. “We are all shocked to lose him. We will miss you too. We lost you so early. Luckily I had a chance to get to know you. RIP DH.”

Alex Highsmith chirp“It doesn’t sound real. Those who knew him know how special he is. Heartbreaking, RIP Dwayne. God is with his family.”

“Oh my God, you invited him home at a very young age, I will never forget you brother and the conversations we had.” Chukuma Okurafor books. “You will live forever. May your family find peace.”