The terrible news of the tragic killing of Dwayne Haskins has been the talk of the Internet over this weekend. Pittsburgh Steelers QB Haskins was struck by a dump truck while he was on a South Florida highway, reported ESPN’s Adam Schefter . Lieutenant Indiana Miranda announce Haskins was pronounced dead at the scene.
“He was attempting to cross the westbound lanes of Interstate 595. When there was oncoming traffic,” Miranda said in an emailed statement.
The accident caused the highway to shut down for several hours; however, it has yet to be revealed why he was walking along the highway at the time. The news upset many surrounding Haskins, including Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. Shortly after, he released a statement via Twitter .
“I am devastated and at a loss for words with the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins,” 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 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.”
Statement from Head Coach Mike Tomlin: pic.twitter.com/hI5QaKzBUq
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 9, 2022
The Washington Commanders pay Respect to Dwayne Haskins
The Ohio State legend received tons of love after the fact. However, he also received distasteful comments that many athletes around the league spoke out against. Nonetheless, the Washington Commanders drafted Haskins in the 2019 draft and also released a statement acknowledging the loss and the potential he presented so early in his career.
“We are devastated to hear the news of the tragic passing of Dwayne Haskins Jr.,” Commanders owners Daniel 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 of those who knew him and loved him.”
“Dwayne was a talented young man who had a long life ahead of him,” Commanders coach Ron Rivera said in a statement. “This is a very sad time and I am 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 is sending our heartfelt condolences and thoughts and prayers to the Haskins family at this time.”
Haskins’s Impact on his Pittsburgh Steelers Teammates
Haskins played in 16 games over two seasons with Washington and was later released. He then signed with the Steelers shortly after and somehow managed to leave an impact bigger than anyone could imagine. Steelers retired QB Ben Roethlisberger wrote to him in a tweet and explained the impact he left on that Steeler’s team and himself.
“I only had the privilege to know D-Hask for a short time, but in that time I got to meet a young man that didn’t seem to ever have a bad day. He came to work every day with a smile on his face and energy and love in his heart. … Wish we had more time together on this earth, but I will cherish the time and the laughs we had!”
A message from Ben. pic.twitter.com/P3aMe8Njbs
— BigBen7.com (@_BigBen7) April 9, 2022
Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt remembered Haskins as an “upbeat guy.” It seems WR Chase Claypool took the terrible news the hardest amongst his teammates. They were fairly close and Claypool admits that he was with him shortly before the tragedy took place.
“I spent your final moments with you and I can’t help but think about how selfless you were in those moments,” Claypool wrote . “All you cared about was making sure that everyone around you was okay and I can’t thank you enough for that. You are what I strive to be.”
I spent your final moments with you and I can’t help but think about how selfless you were in those moments. All you cared about was making sure that everyone around you was okay and I can’t thank you enough for that. You are what I strive to be. #LL3
— Chase Claypool (@ChaseClaypool) April 9, 2022
The world lost a great person today. When Dwayne first walked into the locker room I could tell he was an upbeat guy. He was always making people smile, never taking life for granted. His impact on me will last a forever.
— TJ Watt (@_TJWatt) April 9, 2022