Fox News reports that Dwayne Haskins, an up-and-coming young quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League (NFL), has died.
Haskins was only 24-years-old. The Ohio State standout would have turned 25 next month.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), Haskins was killed on Interstate 595, in Broward County, Florida, on Saturday morning.
The FHP has revealed that Haskins was trying to cross the westbound lanes of Interstate 595 when he was struck by a dump truck. He was declared dead at the scene by first responders.
It is not known why Haskins was trying to cross the highway Saturday morning. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Reports indicate that Haskins was in Florida for the purpose of training with his team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Haskins came to the NFL from Ohio State University. There, he racked up over 50 touchdowns and over 5,000 passing yards. Additionally, he nearly won the coveted Heisman Trophy in 2019, coming in second place.
He was drafted to the NFL by the Washington Commanders, before moving on to the Steelers. With quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s retirement, it was expected that Haskins was going to be in the competition to become the Steeler’s next starting quarterback.
Following the news of his passing, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin put out a statement.
Coach Tomlin wrote:
I am devastated and at a loss for words with the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins. He quickly became part of our Steelers family upon his arrival in Pittsburgh and was one of our hardest workers, both on and off 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.
Dan and Tanya Snyder, the co-owners of the Washington Commander, have also released a statement on Haskins’s passing.
The statement reads:
We are devastated to hear the news of the tragic passing of Dwayne Haskins Jr. 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 dwaynes family and all of those who knew him and loved him.