Former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins died Saturday morning after being hit by a vehicle in Florida.
The Florida Highway Patrol said Haskins, 24, walked “on a limited access facility (freeway/freeway) for unknown reasons” and attempted to cross the westbound lanes of I-595 where he was struck by an oncoming dump truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Florida authorities said no further information would be released until the investigation is complete.
According to ESPN, Haskins was training in Florida with his Pittsburgh Steelers teammates.
Details surrounding the crash have not been released.
While attending Ohio State, Haskins set school and Big Ten records for passing yards and touchdowns in a single season.
Following news of his death, OSU tweeted a photo of Haskins. “Leader. Legend. Forever a Buckeye,” the university said.
OSU head coach Ryan Day called Haskins’ loss “tragic and difficult to deal with,” saying he was more than just a great player.
“To those who knew him closely, he was so much more than a great football player. He had a giant heart, an old soul and an infectious smile. The Ohio State community and all of our football program are heartbroken,” Day said in a statement. Tweeter.
Former OSU head coach Urban Meyer also expressed his condolences on Saturday.
“Heartbroken to learn of the loss of Dwayne Haskins Jr. My thoughts and prayers are with his amazing family. One of the greatest QBs in Ohio State history, but a son, a teammate and a even better friend,” he said.
I am heartbroken to learn of the loss of Dwayne Haskins Jr. My thoughts and prayers are with his amazing family. One of the greatest QBs in Ohio State history, but an even better son, teammate and friend. God protects you!! pic.twitter.com/lM9Z8LzMhe
– Urban Meyer (@CoachUrbanMeyer) April 9, 2022
As a sophomore, Haskins skipped his final years at Columbus and entered the 2019 draft where he signed with the Washington Commanders. He spent the 2019 and 2020 seasons with the team.
Commanders head coach Ron Rivera said he was heartbroken to learn of Haskins’ death.
In the 2021 offseason, Haskins was signed by the Steelers. Last month, he signed a one-year restricted free agent contract with the team.
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said the team is heartbroken over the loss of Haskins and called him a friend to many.
Steelers linebacker TJ Watt also expressed his grief over the loss of Haskins.
The world lost a great person today. When Dwayne first walked into the locker room, I could tell he was an optimistic guy. He always made people smile, never taking life for granted. His impact on me will last forever.
—TJ Watt (@_TJWatt) April 9, 2022
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