American football: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins killed at NFL offseason camp in Florida

Multiple South Florida media reported that a 24-year-old pedestrian walking on Interstate 595 in Fort Lauderdale was struck by a dump truck and killed just before 7 a.m. Friday. The Florida Highway Patrol has confirmed it is investigating a fatal crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian.

Authorities did not immediately confirm that Haskins was the victim of the crash.

Haskins was selected by Washington with the 15th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He was 3-10 as a starter in the previous two campaigns for Washington, before being released at the end of the season. 2020 season.

He passed for 2,804 yards with 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He also rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown.

The Steelers signed Haskins in early 2021, but he hasn’t seen any playing action.

“I am devastated and at a loss for words with the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said. “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 our community.

“Dwayne was a great teammate, but more so a great friend to so many people. I am truly heartbroken. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Kalabrya, and his entire family during this difficult time.”

Washington Commanders owners Dan and Tanya Snyder also remembered Haskins.

“We are devastated to hear the news of the tragic passing of Dwayne Haskins Jr,” the Synders said. “He was a young man with enormous potential, who had an infectious personality.

“To say we are heartbroken is an understatement. Our hearts and prayers go out to Dwayne’s family and everyone who knew and loved him.”

While playing for Ohio State University, Haskins set single-season Big Ten records with 4,831 passing yards and 50 passing touchdowns in 2018. He threw just eight interceptions and finished third in the Heisman Trophy ballot, behind winner Kyler Murray of Oklahoma and Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama.

Haskins threw for a Buckeyes-record 499 yards against Northwestern in the Big Ten title game. He equaled the school record of six touchdown passes twice and threw five on three other occasions.

“Heartbroken to learn of the loss of Dwayne Haskins Jr,” tweeted former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. “My thoughts and prayers go out to his amazing family.

“One of the greatest QBs in Ohio State history, but an even better son, teammate and friend. God bless you!!”

From Potomac, Maryland, Haskins wore a redshirt at Ohio State in 2016 and supported JT Barrett the following season, before becoming the starter in 2018.

Reuters

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