Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins dies, head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed Saturday. He was 24 years old.
“I am devastated and at a loss for words with the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins,” Tomlin said in a statement posted to the Steelers Twitter account. He called the quarterback “a great teammate” and “a great friend to so many people.”
Haskins was hit by a dump truck as he tried to cross a Florida highway around 6:40 a.m. Saturday, according to the state Highway Patrol. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
It’s unclear why he was walking on Interstate 595 in Broward County, Highway Patrol said. An inquest into his death is ongoing.
Prior to his NFL debut,played for Ohio State University, where he was a standout player and a finalist for the prestigious Heisman Trophy. He joined the NFL in 2019, when Washington took him in the first round of the draft.
Haskins started the 2020 season as a starter for Washington and was named one of the team’s captains. He was benched after four weeks, at which point Washington was 1-3.
Haskins was released in January 2021 and later picked up by the Steelers.
In a statement, Commanders co-owners Dan and Tanya Snyder mentioned they were “devastated” by the news of Haskins’ death.
“He was a young man with huge potential and an infectious personality,” they said. “To say we are heartbroken is an understatement.
Commanders Head Coach Ron Rivera called Haskins a “talented young man who had a long life ahead of him”.
“I know I speak for the rest of our team in saying he will be greatly missed,” Rivera said in a statement. “Our entire team sends our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to the Haskins family at this time.”
The NFL too tweeted his condolences to the family and loved ones of Haskins.
The Ohio State Football Program Twitter account post a photo of Haskins with the words “Leader. Legend. Forever a Buckeye.”
Haskins’ teammates reacted to his death on social media. Steelers outside linebacker TJ Watt tweeted“The world lost a great person today.”
“When Dwayne first walked into the locker room, I could tell he was an upbeat guy,” Watt said. “He always made people smile, never taking life for granted. His impact on me will last…forever.”
Watt’s brother and bandmate, Derek Watt tweeted“Such heartbreaking news. Gone way too soon. Rest in peace Dwayne.”
“Dwayne meant so much to so many people. His smile was contagious and he was a guy you wanted to be with,” said Cam Heyward of the Steelers, who played for Ohio State. tweeted. “We are all in shock to lose him. We will miss him too. We lost you too soon. Luckily I was lucky enough to know you. RIP DH.”
Alex Highsmith tweeted“It doesn’t seem real. Those who knew him knew how special he was. Heartbreaking, RIP Dwayne. God be with his family.”
“God, you called him home too young, I will never forget you brother and the talks we had,” Chukwuma Okorafor wrote. “You will live forever. May your family find peace.”