Dwayne Haskins, a former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback, died Saturday morning after being hit by a car in Florida.
The Florida Highway Patrol said Haskins, 24, was walking “in a restricted-access vehicle (freeway/highway) for unknown reasons” and was attempting to cross the westbound lane. of I-595 was hit by an oncoming dump truck. He is presumed dead at the scene.
Florida authorities said no further information will be released until the investigation is complete.
Based on ESPNHaskins is in Florida training with his teammates from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Details surrounding the crash have yet to be released.
While attending Ohio State, Haskins set school and Big Ten records for yards and touchdowns in a single season.
After news of his death, OSU posted a photo of Haskins to tweet. “Leader. Legend. Forever Buckeye,” the university said.
OSU head coach Ryan Day called Haskins’ departure “tragic and difficult to handle”, saying he was more than just a great player.
“For those who knew him up close, he was more than a great football player. He had a huge heart, an old soul and an infectious smile. The Ohio State community and the whole of it. our football program is heartbreaking,” Day said in one tweet.
Former OSU Head Coach Urban Meyer also expressed condolences on Saturday.
He said: “Heartbroken to hear the news of Dwayne Haskins Jr. My thoughts and prayers are with his incredible family.
Heartbroken to hear that Dwayne Haskins Jr. lost my thoughts and prayers for his incredible family. One of the greatest QBs in Ohio State history, but also a better son, teammate, and friend. God bless!! pic.twitter.com/lM9Z8LzMhe
– Urban Meyer (@CoachUrbanMeyer) April 9, 2022
As a sophomore, Haskins skipped his final years in Columbus and entered the 2019 draft, where he signed with the Washington Commanders. He spent the 2019 and 2020 seasons with the team.
The commander’s head coach Ron Rivera said he was heartbroken to hear of Haskins’ passing.
In the 2021 season, Haskins was signed by the Steelers. Last month he signed a Free agency bidding is limited to one year with the team.
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said the team was heartbroken over Haskins’ passing and called him a friend to many.
Steelers full-back TJ Watt and former full-back Ben Roethlisberger also expressed their condolences over Haskins’ departure.
The world today has lost a wonderful person. When Dwayne first walked into the dressing room, I could tell he was an upbeat guy. He always made people smile, never took life for granted. His impact on me will last forever.
– TJ Watt (@_TJWatt) April 9, 2022
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