Football fans received tragic news on Saturday as several sources reported the death of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Haskins was killed in an automobile accident early on Saturday morning when a dump truck reportedly struck him while he was walking on Interstate 595 in South Florida; he died almost immediately.
Haskins was just 24 years old and is survived by a wife and two loving parents.
Haskins was born in New Jersey in early May of 1997 and he and his family moved to Maryland when he began high school. In high school Haskins was a massive success as he threw for 54 touchdowns and over 5,000 yards at the Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland.
The best moments of Haskins’ football career came in college as an Ohio State Buckeye. He excelled in his brief time at Ohio State. After redshirting in 2016, Haskins played the 2017 season as backup to J.T. Barrett, in which he went 40 for 57 on passing attempts and threw for 565 yards and four touchdowns.
His sophomore season was undoubtedly the greatest period in Haskins’ football career. He broke a school and conference record by throwing for well over 4,000 yards on top of 50 touchdowns through the air and four on the ground. Haskins is one of just seven NCAA quarterbacks to ever throw at least 50 touchdowns in a single season.
That same season, Haskins led the Buckeyes to a 13-1 overall record including victories in the Big 10 Ten Championship Game and the Rose Bowl. He was MVP of both and threw for 499 yards and five touchdowns in the Big 10 Championship.
The positive impact that Haskins had on the Buckeyes in just 22 games played and 14 starts cannot be overstated and he put up one of the greatest single season performances in NCAA history.
After his record-breaking sophomore season, Haskins declared for the 2019 NFL Draft in which he was drafted 15th overall by Washington. While he had yet to find his footing in the NFL in his three rostered seasons, there remains a poignant feeling when you remember that Haskins had the rest of his personal and professional life to look forward to. With the departure of Steelers’ legendary quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, it’s likely that Haskins would’ve seen some playing time this upcoming season.
Haskins still had some nice moments in his professional career as he was named NFL Rookie of the Week after his first win as a starter in Week 12 of the 2019 season. He was also named the starter and one of Washington’s captains prior to the start of the 2020 season.
Reaction from the Football World
Those who worked alongside Haskins wasted no time expressing their grief that this horrible tragedy has brought about.
Steelers’ defensive tackle Cam Heyward released a statement on Twitter saying, “Dwayne meant so much to so many people. His smile was infectious and he was a guy you wanted to be around. We are all in shock about losing him. We are going to miss the heck out of him as well…”
Heyward was one of many teammates and coaches who publicly expressed their anguish over the loss of Haskins. Among others who did so were Roethlisberger, Steelers’ Head Coach Mike Tomlin, edge rusher T.J. Watt and running back James Conner.
Additionally, the NFL, Steelers and Ohio State Buckeyes all released statements on their official Twitter accounts mourning the loss of Haskins and remembering the impact he had on and off the field.
Obviously there has yet to be any public word from Haskins’ family as they are in the immediate stages of processing this heartbreaking loss.
It’s likely that both Washington and Pittsburgh will honor Haskins in some way at the beginning of the 2022 regular season in addition to Ohio State.