Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins has died after he was hit by a dump truck while walking on a South Florida highway on Saturday.
Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Lt. Indiana Miranda confirmed the accident on westbound Interstate 595, The Associated Press reports. Haskins was pronounced dead at the scene.
Haskins’ agent confirmed to ESPN’s Adam Schefter the news of the 24-year-old QB’s death.
Haskins joined the Steelers before the 2021 season and looked to be in the mix to battle for the starting quarterback job.
Schefter said on SportsCenter Saturday morning that Haskins was in South Florida training with the quarterbacks and wide receivers on the team.
The former Ohio State standout was said to be in Miami training on a trip with Mitch Trubisky, who was signed by the Steelers last month to a two-year deal, Sports Illustrated reported.
With Big Ben‘s retirement, Haskins was expected to compete for the starting job in Pittsburgh.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement that he is devastated by the unfortunate passing of Haskins.
“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 the community,” Tomlin wrote. “Dwayne was a great teammate, but even more so a tremendous friend to so many. I am truly heartbroken.”
Haskins was drafted in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the No. 15 pick overall, by the Washington Commanders. His former team shared the following statement:
“We are devastated to hear the news of the tragic passing of Dwayne Haskins Jr.,” the statement from co-owners Dan and Tanya Snyder reads. “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 Dwayne’s family and all of those who knew and loved him.”
Commanders head coach Ron Rivers said he is “absolutely heartbroken to hear the news” of Haskins’ death.
“Dwayne was a talented young man who had a long life ahead of him,” Rivera wrote in a statement. “This is a very sad time and I am honestly at a loss for words.”
Ohio State wide receivers coach and pass game coordinator Brian Hartline took to Twitter to share his thoughts.
The NFLPA shared in a statement that the organization is sending prayers to the Haskins’ family. “He loved his family, he loved his teammates, he loved the game and he will be greatly missed.”
Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow said it’s tough to find the words and Haskins’ will be missed.
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray said it’s heartbreaking and he’s sending prayers.
The details regarding his death are not immediately known. This is a developing story.
Check back with OutKick for updates.
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