Steelers QB Dwayne Haskins dies after being hit by dump truck

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins died Saturday morning when he was hit by a dump truck in South Florida.

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The Florida Highway Patrol confirmed that Haskins was killed while walking on a highway near the Fort Lauderdale airport.

“Mr. Haskins was walking on a limited-access freeway/highway for unknown reasons,” FHP said in a statement. “He was attempting to cross the westbound lanes of Interstate 595 when there was oncoming traffic. Unfortunately, he collided with an oncoming dump truck.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and the FHP said the case was an “open traffic homicide investigation”. The incident happened shortly before 7 a.m.

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Haskins, who would have turned 25 on May 3, was training in the area with other Steelers quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers at the invitation of recently signed quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

The Steelers signed Trubisky in March after quarterback Ben Roethlisberger retired. Trubisky, Haskins and Mason Rudolph were all set to compete for the starting and primary replacement roles.

Haskins was selected by Washington with the 15th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

He was 3-10 as a starter in the previous two campaigns for Washington before being released at the end of the 2020 season. He passed for 2,804 yards with 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He also rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown.

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The Steelers signed Haskins in early 2021, but he hasn’t seen any playing action.

“I am devastated and at a loss for words with the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins,” Steelers head 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 even more so a great friend to 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.”

Washington Commanders owners Dan and Tanya Snyder also remembered Haskins on Saturday.

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“We are devastated to hear the news of the tragic passing of Dwayne Haskins, Jr. He was a young man with enormous potential who had an infectious personality,” the Snyders said in a statement. “To say we are heartbroken is an understatement. Our hearts and prayers go out to Dwayne’s family members and all who knew and loved him.

While playing for Ohio State, Haskins set single-season Big Ten records with 4,831 passing yards and 50 passing touchdowns in 2018. He threw just eight interceptions and finished third in the Heisman Trophy ballot behind winner Kyler Murray of Oklahoma and Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama.

Haskins threw for a Buckeyes-record 499 yards against Northwestern in the Big Ten title game. He equaled the school record of six touchdown passes twice and threw five on three other occasions.

“Heartbroken to learn of the loss of Dwayne Haskins Jr. My thoughts and prayers are with his amazing family,” former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer wrote on Twitter. “One of the greatest QBs in Ohio State history, but an even better son, teammate and friend. God bless you!!”

From Potomac, Maryland, Haskins wore a redshirt at Ohio State in 2016 and supported JT Barrett the following season before becoming the starter in 2018.

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