Steelers QB Dwayne Haskins dies after being hit by a car in Florida

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins died Saturday morning after being hit by a car in Florida.

Haskins was 24 years old.

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

ESPN reported the detail about Haskins being hit by a car in South Florida, citing Cedric Saunders, Haskins’ agent. Saunders did not immediately respond to a message for comment.

West Palm Beach, Fla. Highway Patrol confirmed to the Miami Herald that a 24-year-old pedestrian was hit by a dump truck and recognized “a fatal accident between vehicle and pedestrian” on Interstate-595 westbound to Interstate-95.

A former Ohio State star who was a first-round pick by the then-Washington Redskins in 2019, Haskins was released before the end of his second NFL season and joined the Steelers early in the season. last offseason. He spent the entire 2021 season on the active roster as the No. 3 quarterback behind Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph. With Roethlisberger retired, Tomlin had said Haskins would have a chance to win the starting job this season.

A native of Potomac, Maryland, Haskins was a 2018 Heisman Trophy finalist.

Last month, Haskins signed a $2.54 million tender from the Steelers as a restricted free agent. It was an inactive game day for all but one game during his tenure with the Steelers – Nov. 14, when Roethlisberger tested positive for covid-19.

Standing 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, Haskins’ talent was recognizable and honed at a young age. One of the best professional-style quarterbacks in the country coming out of the Bullis School, he eventually signed with Ohio State. He would go on to break nearly two dozen school records for career, season, or pass/infraction game, throwing for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns while winning the 2018 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year award. .

“Ruler. Legend, Forever a Buckeye,” read a posted message to the verified Twitter account for Ohio State football.

Haskins’ official NFL draft profile the following spring touted his “explosive arm talent.” Roethlisberger, a future Hall of Fame quarterback who was also a first-round pick, would marvel at Haskins’ arm strength shortly after training with him as a teammate for the first time. last year.

“Its release mechanics and throwing motion are some of the nicest I’ve ever seen,” Roethlisberger said in June. “I told him I wish I had that. I joked that he could throw it in a car wash and it wouldn’t get wet.

The franchise in Hawkins’ hometown, Washington, selected him with the No. 15 pick three years ago.

A declaration released by the now Commanders franchise attributed to owners Dan and Tanya Snyder said they were “devastated”.

“He was a young man with enormous potential who had an infectious personality,” the Snyders’ statement read. “To say we are heartbroken is an understatement. Our hearts and prayers go out to Dwayne’s family members and all who knew and loved him.

Haskins started just 13 games (3-10) with 12 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions in 16 total appearances for Washington. A day after committing four turnovers in a loss and violating NFL covid-19 protocols twice during this coronavirus-affected 2020 season, Haskins was released with one game remaining on the schedule.

He signed with the Steelers three weeks later. looking to boost their career in Pittsburgh. In the opinion of Tomlin and his teammates, Haskins was well received by the Steelers. The fact that the Steelers offered him the tender this spring despite having Rudolph and new Mitch Trubisky on the roster confirmed that he had been a welcome addition to the roster over the past year.

“The world lost a great person today,” read a posted message on the verified Twitter account of Steelers star linebacker TJ Watt. “When Dwayne first walked into the locker room, I could tell he was an upbeat guy. He always made people smile, never taking life for granted. His impact on me will last forever.

Haskins was in Florida with several other Steelers offensive players at Trubisky’s invitation.

“Devastated”, read a message posted on Rudolph’s verified Twitter account.

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Chris Adamski is an editor at Tribune-Review. You can contact Chris by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .