Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins died Saturday morning after, his agent told ESPN.
Haskins, 24, was reportedly in South Florida training with other Steelers quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers. He was apparently headed to the airport to return to Pittsburgh when the accident happened, the.
“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 an 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.”
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. Haskins was drafted 15th overall in 2019 though struggled once given the starting job with Washington.
“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 a tremendous amount of potential who had an infectious personality. To say we are heartbroken is an understatement. Our hearts and prayers are with the members of Dwayne’s family and all those who knew him and loved him.”
Prior to making the league, the New Jersey native led Ohio State to the Rose Bowl in 2018, beating Washington in Urban Meyer’s final game as head coach.
“The Ohio State Department of Athletics is terribly saddened to learn of the death of Dwayne Haskins Saturday morning,” Ohio State’s athletic department said in a statement. “We are thinking of the entire Haskins family during this most difficult time. Our prayers are with the family, and with his current and former teammates, coaches, friends and relatives.”
Memorably, Haskins came off the bench in 2017 when J.T. Barrett got hurt mid-game in Ann Arbor to lead the Buckeyes to a win over Michigan. That seemed to set Haskins on a path to stardom, but upon reaching the NFL, Washington had issues with his work ethic and repeated COVID-19 violations. Late in the 2020 season, he was benched for Taylor Heinicke before being released.
The Steelers signed him in 2021, using him as the third-string QB behind Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph. He did not play last season and was inactive for 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 finished it with a quote: ” ‘It is what it is’ will keep you at peace.”
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