FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins was killed Saturday when he was hit by a dump truck while walking on a South Florida highway.
Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Indiana Miranda confirmed the crash on Interstate 595 westbound. Haskins was pronounced dead at the scene.
Miranda did not say why Haskins, 24, was on the freeway at the time. The accident caused the closure of the highway for several hours.
“He was walking down the highway and got hit,” Miranda told The Associated Press.
Haskins’ death has sparked an outpouring of grief from many corners of the NFL, especially with his former Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington COs teammates.
“I am devastated and at a loss for words with the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins,” Steelers coach Mike 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 more so a friend. great for so many people. I am truly heartbroken.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Kalabrya, and all of his family during this difficult time.”
Haskins was selected by Washington in the first round of the 2019 draft at Ohio State. He started seven games as a rookie, going 2-5. He was 1-5 in six starts the following season for the team, then was released.
Washington coach Ron Rivera said he was “absolutely heartbroken” to learn of Haskins’ death.
“Dwayne was a talented young man who had a long life ahead of him,” Rivera said in a statement. “It’s a very sad time and I’m honestly at a loss for words. I know I speak for the rest of our team in saying he will be sorely missed. Our entire team sends our deepest condolences, thoughts and our prayers to the Haskins family at this time.”
Ohio State posted a photo of Haskins on their Twitter feed. It said, “Leader. Legend. Forever a Buckeye.”
The Steelers gave Haskins a chance to resurrect his career in January 2021 when they signed him a month after being released by Washington. Humbled by the decision, Haskins stressed that he was eager to work hard and absorb as much of Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph as he could. He made the roster as a third string but only dressed once, serving as a substitute in a tie with Detroit after Roethlisberger was placed on covid-19 protocol the day before the match.
“The world lost a great person today,” Steelers star TJ Watt tweeted. “When Dwayne first walked into the locker room, I could tell he was an upbeat guy. He always made people smile, never taking life for granted.”
Both Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert praised Haskins for his improvement since joining the team, and the Steelers re-signed him to a one-year deal as a restricted free agent in March. . He had to compete with Rudolph and Mitch Trubisky for a place.
“Dwayne meant so much to so many people,” Steelers defensive lineman Cameron Heyward said on Twitter. “His smile was infectious and he was a guy you wanted to be with. We are all in shock to lose him. We will miss him too. We lost you way too soon. Thankfully I had a chance .to get to know you. RIP DH.”
ESPN was the first to report that Haskins had passed away.
Haskins appeared to be working in South Florida this week with several teammates, including Trubisky, running back Najee Harris and tight end Pat Freiermuth.
“Devastated,” Rudolph said on social media.
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