Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins was fatally struck by a dump truck on the Florida freeway, police say


Dwayne Haskins, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and 2018 Heisman Trophy runner-up at Ohio State, was struck and killed by a dump truck on Saturday morning as he attempted to cross a highway on foot in South Florida, police said.

Haskins, who re-signed with the Steelers last month, was 24.

Haskins was trying to cross the westbound lanes of Interstate 595 near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Broward County when the dump truck hit him, Florida Highway Patrol said. The incident was reported shortly after 6:30 a.m., the patrol said.

He had been “walking on (the highway) for unknown reasons,” the patrol said in a news release.

Details about what led to the incident were not immediately available. For the past few days, Haskins has been in South Florida working with some Steelers teammates, as seen in Instagram Stories of Haskins and Steelers running back Najee Harris.

News of Haskins’ death prompted statements of shock across the league and beyond.

“I am devastated and at a loss for words with the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said in a team statement.

“He quickly became a part of our Steelers family upon his arrival in Pittsburgh and was one of our hardest workers, both on the field and in our community,” Tomlin’s statement read. “Dwayne was a great teammate, but even more so a great friend to so many people. I’m truly heartbroken.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Kalabrya, and all of his family during this difficult time.”

Haskins, a third-string quarterback last season behind now-retired longtime Steeler Ben Roethlisberger and backup Mason Rudolph, re-signed with the Steelers for a year last month, set to start his fourth year in the NFL.

“I feel like I can be a starter in this league. I got drafted for that,” Haskins said in January, according to Steelers.com. “I really believe I have the talent for it. I just haven’t put it all together yet. And that’s something I have to do this offseason to put myself in a position to play.

Haskins rose to prominence at Ohio State, where he set OSU and Big Ten Conference records as the second redshirt in 2018, including passing yards in a season (4 831), touchdown passes (50) and total offensive yards (4,939).

He finished third in voting for this season’s Heisman Trophy, awarded to college football’s most outstanding player.

Washington selected Haskins as the 15th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Haskins played in 16 games over two seasons for Washington — up from 13 times — before the team released him in December 2020 near the end of his tenure. second season.

The Steelers picked him up in January 2021, although he didn’t play in a regular season game for Pittsburgh. This coming season, Haskins was expected to compete with Rudolph and new Steelers acquisition Mitchell Trubisky for positions on the depth chart.

Roethlisberger said on Twitter although he only knew Haskins for a short time, he knew he was “a young man who never seemed to have a bad day”.

“He came to work every day with a smile on his face and energy and love in his heart. I really appreciated his passion and love for the game and his desire to learn and grow. to be the best. His smile and zeal for life will be missed!” Roethlisberger said. “I repeat like I said to your face, I always wish I could throw the ball like you.” he added.

Commanders Washington, Ohio State and other players expressed shock and condolences.

Steelers defensive tackle Cameron Heyward tweeted “Dwayne meant so much to so many people.”

“His smile was contagious and he was a guy you wanted to be with,” Hewyard wrote. “We are all in shock to lose him. We will miss him too. We lost you way too soon. Fortunately, I had the chance to know you. RIP DH.

Haskins’ second Washington head coach, Ron Rivera, said Saturday he was “absolutely heartbroken” to learn of his former player’s passing.

“Dwayne was a talented young man who had a long life ahead of him,” Rivera said. statement reads. “It’s a very sad time and I’m honestly at a loss for words. I know I speak for the rest of our squad in saying he will be sorely missed.

Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool remembered Haskins’ selflessness during his last interaction with him.

“I spent your last moments with you and I can’t help but think how selfless you were in those times. All you cared about was making sure everyone around fit you well and I can’t thank you enough. You are what I strive to be,” Claypool tweeted.

Ryan Day, head coach of Ohio State, said in a Tweeter the university community is “sorry”.

“The loss of Dwayne is beyond tragic and extremely difficult to handle. To those who knew him closely he was so much more than a great footballer. He had a giant heart, an old soul and an infectious smile,” tweeted Day.

The Ohio State Department of Athletics released a statement saying it was “terribly saddened to learn of the passing of Dwayne Haskins on Saturday morning.”

“We are thinking of the entire Haskins family during this most difficult time. Our prayers go out to the family and to his current and former teammates, coaches, friends and loved ones,” the statement read.

In his 16 career NFL games at Washington, Haskins threw for 2,804 yards, 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.