Dwayne Haskins Jr., Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, has sadly passed away after being struck by a vehicle in Southern Florida. The NFL community is mourning the loss of their fellow athlete, the former Ohio State University star. Let's take a look back at his time on (and off) the fields...
The 24-year-old football quarterback played in the NFL for three seasons after his college years playing football at Ohio State, where he set Big Ten Conference records in 2018. The young star was chosen by the Washington Redskins in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, and after being released just short of two seasons later, he signed on to join the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2021. Haskins was in Florida training for the upcoming NFL season with multiple teammates from the Steelers before his tragic death. According to the Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Lt. Indiana Miranda, Haskins was killed last Saturday morning after "attempting to cross the westbound lanes" of traffic. After being struck by an oncoming truck, the athlete was pronounced dead at the scene.
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Following the news of his tragic death, the NFL community has come together to pay tribute to the beloved player. Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin released a statement shortly after the news, writing," Dwayne was a great teammate, but even more so a tremendous friend to so many. I am truly heartbroken." Ohio State coach Ryan Day offered his remembrances, saying, "When you think about Dwayne you just think about the compassion he had, certainly for all of his teammates and his friends. He always took time after practice to be around family members, kids," he said. "He meant a lot to my family and he meant a lot to this program, and he's going to be sorely missed."
Fellow teammates, past coaches, and fans have all expressed their condolences, thoughts, and prayers for Dwayne and his family. His family will hold multiple memorial services to honor him, including a service in New Jersey, where he was born and raised - and a vigil service at Bullis School, where Haskins attended High School. The Steelers will also have a service in honor of their beloved teammate, Dwayne Haskins Jr. Stay tuned while this story develops.