Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who reached the 2018 Heisman Cup Final in Ohio, was fatally hit by a dump truck Saturday morning while trying to cross a highway on foot in South Florida, police said.
Haskins, who re-signed with the Steelers last month, was 24 years old.
Haskins was trying to cross the western lanes of Interstate 595 near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Broward County, when he was hit by a dump truck, the Florida Highway League reported. The patrol said the accident was reported shortly after 6:30.
The patrol said in a press release that he was “walking on (the highway) for unknown reasons” when the accident occurred.
Details about what led to this were not immediately available. In recent days, Haskins has been in South Florida training with some of his Steelers teammates, as has been depicted in Instagram stories of Haskins and Steelers running after Nagy Harris.
News of Haskins’ death sparked shocking statements from across the league and beyond.
“I am shocked and bewildered by the passing of Dwayne Haskins,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement released by the team.
“He quickly became part of the Steelers family upon his arrival in Pittsburgh and was one of our most dedicated workers, both on the field and in our community,” Tomlin said in a statement. “Dwayne was a great teammate, but a great friend to so many. I am really heartbroken.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Calabria, and all his family during this difficult time.”
Haskins, last season’s backup to long-time retired Steeler Ben Roethlisberger, re-signed with the Steelers for one year last month, preparing to enter his fourth year in the NFL.
“I feel like I could be a key player in this league,” Haskins said in January, according to Steelers.com, according to Steelers.com. “I definitely think I have the talent. I just haven’t put it together yet. And that’s something I have to do off-season to put myself in a position to play.”
Haskins rose to prominence at Ohio State, setting OSU and Big Ten Conference records as a sophomore Redshirt in 2018, including one-season passing yards (4831), touchdown passes (50) and total offensive yards (4,939). .
He placed third in the vote for this season’s Heisman Award, which was awarded to the best college football player in college.
Washington chose Haskins as the 15th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Haskins played 16 games in two seasons for Washington—starting 13 times—before the team released him in December 2020 near the end of his second season.
The Steelers selected him in January 2021, although he did not play in Pittsburgh’s regular season game.
Ben Roethlisberger, a former Steelers quarterback, said on Twitter that although he only knew Haskins for a short time, he knew him as “a young man who doesn’t seem to be having a bad day”.
“He would come to work every day with a smile on his face and energy and love in his heart. I really enjoyed his passion, his love for the game and his desire to learn and be the best. We will miss his smile and his enthusiasm for life!” Roethlisberger said, “I will say it again like I told you on your face, I still will.” I wish I could throw the ball like you do.”
The leaders of Washington, Ohio, and their colleagues expressed shock and condolences.
Steelers enter defensive Cameron Hayward chirp that “Dwayne meant a lot to a lot of people.”
“His smile was infectious and he was a man you wanted to be around,” Heyward wrote. “We are all shocked to lose him. We will miss him too. We lost you way too early. Luckily I had the chance to get to know you. RIP DH.”
Haskins’ second coach in Washington, Ron Rivera, said Saturday that he was “extremely sad” to hear of the death of his former player.
“Dwayne was a talented young man with a long life ahead of him,” Rivera said read the statement. “This is a very sad time and I am frankly at a loss. I know I speak for the rest of our team in saying he will be sorely missed.”
“I had your last moments with you and I can’t help but think about 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,” Claypool chirp.
Ryan Day, coach of Ohio State, said in a tweet The university community is “sad”.
“Losing Dwayne is not tragic and very difficult to remedy. For those who knew him intimately, he was more than just an amazing footballer. He had a giant heart, an old soul, and an infectious smile,” Day tweeted.
The Ohio Department of Athletics released a statement saying it was “deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dwayne Haskins on Saturday morning.”
“We are thinking about the entire Haskins family during this most difficult time. Our connections are with family and with current and former teammates, coaches, friends and relatives.”
In his 16 NFL games in Washington, Haskins threw for 2,804 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions.