Steelers’ Haskins dies after being hit by a vehicle

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins was killed this weekend when he was struck by a vehicle, his agent Cedric Saunders told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Haskins was 24 years old.

Haskins was training in South Florida with other Steelers quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers. He died Saturday morning when he was hit by a vehicle.

“I am devastated and speechless by the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement. “He quickly became a part of our Steelers family upon his arrival in Pittsburgh and was one of our best workers, both on the field and in our community. Dwayne was a great teammate, but even more so a tremendous friend to many. I am truly heartbroken.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Kalabrya, and their entire family during this difficult time.”

After a breakout junior season at Ohio State, Haskins was selected 15th overall by the Washington Commanders in the 2019 draft.

Haskins spent two turbulent seasons with Washington before signing with Pittsburgh before last season.

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

Haskins played in 15 games over two seasons with Washington, compiling a total QBR of 29.4; the league average during that time was 63.5. He threw 12 touchdown passes for 14 interceptions.

Haskins’ time in Washington began somewhat controversially, as scouts and coaches pushed against him drafting him with the 15th pick, but Snyder wanted him. Haskins was a big name locally, having starred for three seasons at Bullis High School.

Haskins started seven games his rookie year and the first four games the following season, but was benched after a 30–10 loss to Baltimore. Haskins was released by Washington later that same season and went unclaimed on waivers. He signed a reserve/future deal with Pittsburgh in January 2021.

Humbled by the decision, Haskins emphasized that he was eager to work hard and absorb as much as he could from Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph. He made the roster as the third member, but only suited up once, serving as a backup in a tie with Detroit after Roethlisberger was placed on COVID-19 protocol the night before the game.

Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert praised Haskins for his improvement since joining the team, and the Steelers re-signed him to a one-year restricted free agent in March. He was expected to compete with Rudolph and Mitch Trubisky for a position.

“We’re excited to see what Dwayne can bring to the table, whether it’s from the competition or maybe he evolves as a starter,” Colbert said in January.

Information from John Keim of ESPN and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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