Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins Saturday morning was killed When he was hit by a dump truck while on a highway in South Florida.
Haskins, 24, was in South Florida training with other Steelers players, running backs and wide receivers.
The accident occurred at approximately 6:37 a.m. on I-595 West at the I-95 junction outside of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Highway Patrol spokeswoman Lt. Indiana Miranda said Haskins was killed in the accident, but officials did not say why he was on the highway.
“He was just going down the highway and got injured,” Miranda said.
She told the newspaper that the driver was “fully cooperating” with the investigation.
He has been the former Ohio State NFL lead since 2019, first with Washington and then as third quarterbacks with the Steelers. The Steelers re-signed this season on a one-year, $2.5 million contract.
“I am shocked and confused by the death of Dwayne Haskins,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement. “He quickly became part of the Steelers family upon his arrival in Pittsburgh and was one of our toughest workers on the field and in our community. Dwayne was a wonderful teammate, but a wonderful friend to so many. I am truly heartbroken. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Calabria, and his entire family during This is a difficult time.”
Haskins was drafted into 15th overall in 2019, but he once struggled beginning to work with the Washington leaders.
“We are shocked to hear of the tragic death of Dwayne Haskins Jr.,” co-owners Dan and Tanya Snyder said in a statement. “He was a young man of enormous potential with an infectious personality. To say we were heartbroken is an understatement. Our hearts and prayers are with the members of Dwayne’s family and everyone who knew and loved him.”
Prior to reaching the league, the New Jersey native led Ohio State to the Rose Bowl in the 2018-19 season, defeating Washington in the final for Urban Mayer as head coach. He also set one-season Big Ten records for passing yards (4831), touchdowns (50) and total offensive yards (4939) and was a Heisman Cup finalist.
“The Ohio Department of Athletics is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Dwayne Haskins on Saturday morning,” the Ohio Department of Athletics said in a statement. “We are thinking about the entire Haskins family during this most difficult time. Our connections are with family and with current and former teammates, coaches, friends and relatives.”
Don’t forget, Haskins came off the bench in 2017 when JT Barrett was injured mid-game in Ann Arbor to lead the Buckeyes to a win over Michigan. This seemed to set Haskins on a path to stardom, but upon reaching the NFL, Washington had issues with his work ethic and his repeated COVID-19 violations. Late in the 2020 season, he was benched for Taylor Heneke before being released.
The Steelers signed him in 2021, and used him as their third QB streak behind Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph. He did not play last season and did not participate in all matches except for one.
Haskins posted an Instagram story this week showing him having fun, presumably in South Florida, with the Steelers running after Nagy Harris, among others. He ended it with a quote: “You’ll keep yourself safe.”