Dwayne Haskins: Steelers QB Struck by Car and Killed

The football world is mourning the loss of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who died on Saturday, April 9, after being struck by a car in south Florida.

Haskins’ agent, Cedric Saunders, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the fourth-year quarterback was training in Florida with his Steelers teammates. The Ohio State product, who would have turned 25 on May 3, was expected to compete for Pittsburgh’s starting quarterback job with Mason Rudolph and Mitchell Trubisky later this summer.

According to USA Today’s Safid Deen, the Florida Highway Patrol said Haskins was attempting to cross the westbound lanes of Interstate 595 and was hit by an oncoming dump truck. He was pronounced dead on the scene, and it remained unclear why he was walking on the highway.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin issued a statement through the team on Saturday morning.

“I am devastated and at a loss for words with the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins,” Tomlin said. “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 tremendous friend to so many. I am truly heartbroken. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Kalabrya, and his entire family during this difficult time.”

Haskins, who was born in New Jersey and attended high school in Maryland, played his first two seasons with the Washington Commanders. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound gunslinger completed 60.1% of his passes for 2,804 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions across 16 games and 13 starts. Although he did not play a down last season, he served as the Steelers’ third-string quarterback after joining the team in January 2021.

Interestingly, Haskins wrote about Washington’s quarterback situation in 2015, when he served as the sports editor for The Bullis Bulldog, his high school newspaper. According to Yahoo Sports, Haskins predicted Washington would use a first-round pick on a quarterback within the next five years if Robert Griffin III didn’t pan out.

Four years later, Haskins became the quarterback in question.

Washington Commanders co-owners Dan and Tanya Snyder remembered Haskins as a “young man with a tremendous amount of potential who had an infectious personality.”

Before entering the NFL, Haskins carved through defenses in his lone season as Ohio State’s starting quarterback in 2018. The 4-star prospect tallied a 70.0 completion percentage, 4,831 yards, 50 touchdowns, and only eight interceptions in 14 games with the Buckeyes that year. His 50 touchdowns are tied for the sixth-most among an FBS quarterback in one season, and his 4,831 yards rank 24th entering the 2022 campaign.

In a 2020 interview with Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd, former Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer recalled recruiting Haskins out of high school and being thoroughly impressed.

“[Haskins] was the one I remember. I got in my car and called whoever and said, ‘This one’s done. This one will be an NFL quarterback.’ Because he was so well developed in high school.”

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Meyer stuck with Haskins, and then-Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow transferred to LSU ahead of the 2018 season.

Numerous NFL players immediately paid tribute to Haskins, the 16th overall selection in the 2019 draft. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson tweeted “SIP,” or Sleep in Peace. Indianapolis Colts receiver Parris Campbell, who played with Haskins at Ohio State, wrote, “I love you forever,” and tweeted pictures of the two.

Former New York Jets receiver and Michigan standout Braylon Edwards offered his condolences on Twitter.

“He was an amazing collegiate player and didn’t deserve this early exit,” Edwards wrote. “May god bless his soul and those closest to him!!”

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