Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins was killed early Saturday morning after being hit by a dump truck near Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was 24 years old.
Haskins, who would have turned 25 on May 3, was trying to cross a highway on foot in Broward County when he was injured, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Haskins’ death comes a month after he re-signed with the Steelers, as he had aspirations to become the quarterback before his life tragically ended.
“I’ve wanted to be a quarterback all my life,” he said in January. “Being the quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers is a dream.” “I feel like I could be a key player in this league. I was drafted for this reason.”
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Here’s everything we know about Haskins’ death:
Who was Dwayne Haskins?
Haskins played for Ohio State, starting with quarterback in 2018, a notable year in which he threw 50 touchdown passes, led his team to a Rose Bowl victory, was named Big Ten offensive player of the year and finished third in the Heisman Trophy vote.
He was drafted with the 15th overall pick by Washington in the 2019 NFL Draft. Haskins played in nine games of his rookie season, throwing seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. In his second season, he threw five times before being released in December 2020.
Haskins signed with the Steelers as a developmental quarterback in January 2021, but did not play during the 2021 season. He re-signed with the team last month.
He is survived by his wife Calabria, parents Dwayne and Tamara, and younger sister Tamia.
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How did Dwayne Haskins die?
A Haskins dump truck was hit while it was “walking on a limited access road (highway) for unknown reasons” near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Broward County, the Florida Highway Patrol said in a news release. The accident occurred at about 6:37 a.m. Saturday.
“He was trying to cross the western lanes of Interstate 595 when there was oncoming traffic,” FHP spokeswoman Lt. Indiana Miranda said in a statement Saturday.
He was pronounced dead at the scene and the highway was closed for several hours. Miranda said an “open investigation into the traffic homicides” is underway.
Why was Dwayne Haskins walking on the highway?
A Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman, Lt. Indiana Miranda, said it was not clear why Haskins was on the highway at the time.
Why was Dwayne Haskins in Florida?
The New Jersey native was in South Florida this week to train and network with his teammates on a picnic that new Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubesky set up at his home in Boca Raton. Neji Harris, tight end Pat Freermouth and wide receiver Chase Claypool appeared as social media posts from the players appear.
“I am very sad,” Trubesky wrote on Instagram. “Dwayne has made such an impact on me in such a short amount of time. He welcomed me into his team with his big heart and infectious smile. I am so grateful to have known Dwayne. All my love and prayers are with his family.”
“I will miss you, brother,” Freiermuth wrote on Instagram. Unbelievable human being.
Were any arrests made?
According to the Florida Highway Traffic, the driver of the dump truck remained at the scene after the accident and no arrests were made.
What did Ben Roethlisberger say?
Haskins was the third quarterback in the series behind Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph during the 2021 NFL season.
Roethlisberger, who retired at the end of the season, recalls Haskins’ positive stance, saying it “didn’t seem like a bad day at all”.
Roethlisberger wrote in a statement sent to Twitter. “I really enjoyed his passion, his love of the game and his desire to learn and be the best. We will miss his smile and his love for life!”
Roethlisberger continued, “I wish we’d spent more time together on this earth, but I’ll cherish the time and laughter we got! I’ll say it again just like I told you to your face, I still wish I could throw a ball like you!! Love oh pal.”
Rudolph chirp It is “crushed”.
Contributing: Scooby Axon, The Associated Press