Dwayne Haskins death: What we know and don’t know about quarterback’s death

The former Ohio State University star and Heisman Trophy finalist was just 24 years old.

So far, authorities have released few details about the circumstances of his death. Here’s what we know and don’t know about the fatal accident, his brief career, and how those who knew him reacted.

Haskins was trying to cross the westbound lanes of Interstate 595 near the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Broward County when the dump truck struck him, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The incident was reported shortly after 6:30 am, the patrol said. He had been “walking on (the highway) for unknown reasons,” the patrol said in a news release.

Further details about what led up to the incident were not available.

In recent days, Haskins has been in South Florida working out with some Steelers teammates, as captured on the Instagram stories of Haskins and running back Najee Harris.

His short football career

Haskins was set to enter his fourth year in the NFL as a backup for the Steelers after a stellar college career.

He rose to fame at Ohio State, where he set OSU and Big Ten Conference records as a redshirt sophomore in 2018, including single-season passing yards (4,831), touchdown passes (50), and total offensive yards ( 4,939). He led the Buckeyes to a 13-1 record and a Rose Bowl win, and finished third in voting for the Heisman Trophy, awarded to the most outstanding player in college football.
Washington selected Haskins with the 15th pick overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, but he didn’t live up to his lofty status. He played 16 games in two seasons for Washington, compiling a 3-10 record in 13 starts.
Haskins was released in December 2020 towards the end of his sophomore season after being benched in a loss and after being fined an undisclosed amount for violating team Covid-19 protocols by going maskless in his girlfriend’s birthday party.
A month after his release, he was picked up by the Steelers, although he did not appear in a regular season game for Pittsburgh. He spent last season as the No. 3 quarterback behind now-retired Steeler Ben Roethlisberger and backup Mason Rudolph.
Last month, Haskins re-signed with the Steelers on a one-year deal and was set to compete with Rudolph and new Steelers acquisition Mitchell Trubisky for depth chart positions.
“I feel like I can be a starter in this league. I was drafted for that reason,” Haskins said in January, according to Steelers.com. “I definitely think I have the talent to do it. I just haven’t put it all together yet. And that’s something I have to do this offseason to get in position to play.”

How your teammates and coaches remember you

Dwayne Haskins played in 16 games over two seasons for the Washington Football Team before joining the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Teammates and coaches who knew Haskins offered their condolences and regards since his death.

Ohio State coach Ryan Day said Monday that team members were hurt and announced that they will honor Haskins at their spring game on Saturday.

“When you think of Dwayne, you just think of the compassion he had, certainly for all of his teammates and his friends. He would always take time after practice to be with family, kids,” he said. “He meant a lot to my family and he meant a lot to this show, and he’s going to be sorely missed.

“It’s so close to Saturday morning right now. It’s still hard to get our feet under us and see clearly right now. We’re all hurt,” he added.

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

“His smile was infectious and he was a guy you wanted to be with,” Hewyard wrote. “We’re all in shock to lose him. We’re going to miss him terribly too. We lost you way too soon. Luckily I got a chance to meet you. RIP DH.”

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

“Dwayne was a talented young man with a long life ahead of him,” says Rivera. statement says. “This is a very sad time and I am honestly at a loss for words. I know I speak for the rest of our team in saying he will be sorely missed.”
Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool he remembered Haskins’s disinterest in his final interaction with him.
“I spent your last moments with you and I can’t help but think how selfless you were in those moments. All you cared about was making sure everyone around you was okay and I can’t thank you enough for that. You are what I strive for.” to be”, Claypool tweeted.
Roethlisberger said on Twitter although she only knew Haskins for a short time, she knew him to be “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 enjoyed his passion and love for the game and eager to learn and be the best. His smile and zest for life will be missed!” Roethlisberger said.”I’ll say it again like I said it to your face, I still wish I could throw the ball like you,” he added.

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