Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins was killed on Saturday morning when he was hit by a dump truck while walking on a South Florida highway.
Haskins, 24, had traveled to South Florida to train with other Steelers quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers.
The crash happened around 6:37 a.m. on I-595 West at the I-95 interchange outside Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Haskins was killed in the accident, but officials have not disclosed why he was walking on the freeway, said Lt. Indiana Miranda, a highway patrol spokesman.
“He was walking down the highway and got hit,” Miranda said.
The driver “is in full cooperation” with the investigation, she told the Post.
The former Ohio State standout had been in the NFL since 2019, first with Washington and then as a third-string quarterback with the Steelers. The Steelers re-signed him this offseason to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million.
“I am devastated and at a loss for words with the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement. “He quickly became 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. Dwayne was a great teammate, but even more so a great friend to so many people. I am truly heartbroken. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Kalabrya, and all of his family during this difficult time. »
Haskins was drafted 15th overall in 2019, but once struggled given the starting job with Washington Commanders.
“We are devastated to hear the news of the tragic passing of Dwayne Haskins Jr,” Commanders co-owners Dan and Tanya Snyder said in a statement. “He was a young man with enormous potential and an infectious personality. To say we are heartbroken is an understatement. Our hearts and prayers go out to Dwayne’s family members and all who knew him and the loved.
Prior to making the league, the New Jersey native led Ohio State to the Rose Bowl in the 2018-19 season, beating Washington in Urban Meyer’s final game as head coach. . He also set single-season Big Ten records for passing yards (4,831), touchdown passes (50) and total offensive yards (4,939) and was a Heisman Trophy finalist.
“The Ohio State Athletic Department is terribly saddened to learn of the passing of Dwayne Haskins on Saturday morning,” the Ohio State Athletic Department said in a statement. “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 relatives. »
Memorably, Haskins came off the bench in 2017 when JT Barrett suffered a midgame injury in Ann Arbor to lead the Buckeyes to a win over Michigan. It seemed to put Haskins on the path to stardom, but upon reaching the NFL, Washington had issues with his work ethic and repeated COVID-19 violations. At the end of the 2020 season, he was benched for Taylor Heinicke before being released.
The Steelers signed him in 2021, using him as a third-string QB behind Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph. He didn’t play last season and was inactive in all but one game.
Haskins posted an Instagram Story this week showing him having fun, presumably in South Florida, with Steelers running back Najee Harris, among others. He ended it with a quote: “‘It is what it is’ will keep you in peace.”
With post wires.