Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins was killed in a car accident, according to reports.
“I am devastated and speechless by the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement Saturday. “Dwayne was a great teammate, but even more so a tremendous friend to many. I’m really heartbroken.”
Haskins was 24 years old. According to the Associated Press , the young quarterback died after being hit by a dump truck on a Florida highway.
“He was walking down the road and he got hit,” Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Indiana Miranda told the AP. She did not say why Haskins was on the road.
Haskins was selected to the National Football League in 2019. Before joining the Steelers last year, he spent two seasons with the Washington Commanders (then the Washington Redskins).
“I am absolutely heartbroken to learn the news of the passing of Dwayne Haskins Jr., ” Commanders coach Ron Rivera said Saturday. “Dwayne was a talented young man who had a long life ahead of him. This is a very sad moment and I honestly have no words.”
Before his short NFL career , Haskins was the star of the Ohio State Buckeyes, who also mourned his passing on Saturday.
Leader. Legend. Forever a Buckeye. pic.twitter.com/yxwaIewN9V
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) April 9, 2022
“Leader. Legend. A Buckeye forever,” the team tweeted alongside a photo of Haskins in his Ohio State uniform.
In a video that resurfaced online Saturday, Haskins can be seen visiting the university as a child in 2008, saying he wants to go to college there.
TJ Watt, Haskins’ Pittsburgh teammate and Steelers linebacker, fondly remembered him in a tweet.
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
“The world lost a great person today,” Watt wrote. “When Dwayne first walked into the locker room, I realized that he was an optimistic guy. He was always making people smile, he never took life for granted. His impact on me will last forever.”
Defensive lineman Cam Heyward also mourned Haskins’ passing.
“Dwayne meant so much to so many people,” Heyward wrote . “We lost you too soon. Luckily I had the opportunity to meet you. DEP DH”.
Beyond saddened by the loss of Dwayne Haskins. This boy made his dreams come true by playing at Ohio State. Gone too soon. pic.twitter.com/RKTFGnBgwd
— Isaac Thomas Caverly (@IsaacCaverly) April 9, 2022
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