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Pittsburgh Steelers strategist Dwayne Haskins was killed early Saturday morning in Florida after being hit by a vehicle, the team confirmed in a statement. He was 24 years old.
Haskins, who was due to turn 25 next month, was training in South Florida with the team when he tragically died after being hit by a car, ESPN Adam Schefter reported first, citing Haskins’ agent.
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“I am devastated and at a loss for words with the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins,” head coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement. “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 great friend to so many people,” Tomlin said. “I am truly heartbroken.”
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The former Ohio State star was reportedly at Miami training with Mitch Trubiskywho was signed by the Steelers last month to a two-year contract, Sports Illustrated reported. Haskins was expected to compete for the starting job in Pittsburgh after the veteran by Ben Roethlisberger retirement.
Details surrounding Haskins’ death were not immediately known.
After spending his freshman year at Ohio State, Haskins served as a backup quarterback, throwing for 565 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. The following season he was named the starter and had a terrific season, throwing for 4,831 yards, 50 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
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He was the second runner-up in voting for the Heisman Trophy that year and in 2019 he was drafted 15th overall by Washington Commanders.
Washington co-owners Dan and Tanya Snyder released a statement recalling Haskins’ “contagious personality.”
“We are devastated to hear the news of the tragic passing of Dwayne Haskins Jr.,” the statement read. “He was a young man with enormous potential and an infectious personality. To say we are heartbroken is an understatement.”
Haskins passed away in less than two seasons with Washington, but the Steelers gave him a second chance when they signed him to a one-year contract in 2021.
He was third-string quarterback behind Mason Rudolph after going 3-10 as a starter in Washington with 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.