24-year-old Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins was tragically killed on Saturday morning after being struck by a dump truck while attempting to walk across Interstate 595 near Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Haskins was the 15th overall pick by the Washington Commanders (formerly known as the Washington Redskins) in the 2019 draft. Haskins started 13 games for the Commanders and went 3-10 before parting ways with the franchise and signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2021.
The young quarterback was in Florida training alongside fellow teammates. Haskins was competing for a starting position behind quarterbacks Mitchell Trubisky and Mason Rudolph after the retirement of the Steelers career-long quarterback and future hall of famer Ben Roethlisberger.
Haskins wasn’t shy about expressing his love for God, often sharing that God leads him. The Ohio State University football standout even exchanged scriptures before games with fellow Heisman candidate and former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
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“I want to use my platform, use my place in this world right now as a way to benefit and inspire others, and give back to the community, and be someone that they look up to,” Haskins was quoted as saying in Decision magazine. “That is something I feel like God would want for me to do.”
Roethlisberger tweeted a heartfelt message directed toward Haskins and his wife, Kalabrya.
“I only had the privilege to know D-Hask for a short time, but in that time I got to meet a young man that didn’t seem to ever have a bad day,” Roethlisberger wrote. “He came to work everyday with a smile on his face and energy and love in his heart. I really enjoyed his passion and love for the game and wanting to learn and be the best. His smile and zeal for life will be missed!”
The recently retired quarterback wished that he had more time with Haskins on this earth and shared that he will cherish the laughs and time they had together.
“I’ll say it again just like I told you face to face, I still wish I could throw the ball like you. Love you pal,” he said.
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Roethlisberger expressed to Haskins wife that he and his family are praying for her, saying, “We don’t understand why God does what He does be we have to trust and believe His plan.”