Former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins has died at the age of 24.
Haskins was killed on Saturday morning when he was hit by a car in South Florida. Haskins, who was playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers, had reportedly been training with other Steelers players in South Florida.
According to a news release by the Florida Highway Patrol, Haskins was struck by a dump truck while attempting to cross Interstate 595 on Saturday morning. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
Haskins, who played for Ohio State from 2016-18, was set to turn 25 on May 3.
At Ohio State, Haskins became one of the Buckeyes’ most prolific passers during his lone season as the starting quarterback in 2018, in which he completed 373 of 533 passing attempts for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns, breaking Ohio State’s single-season records for passing yards and passing touchdowns in the process. He finished third in the 2018 Heisman Trophy race and won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and Big Ten Quarterback of the Year awards as he led Ohio State to a Big Ten championship.
Haskins went on to be selected by the Washington Commanders with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft and was set to enter his fourth season in the NFL – his second with the Steelers – in 2022.
Many of Haskins’ teammates, coaches and others who knew him well took to Twitter after the news broke Saturday morning to pay tribute to the former Ohio State quarterback.
The loss of Dwayne is beyond tragic and extremely difficult to process. For those who knew him closely, he was much more than a great football player. He had a giant heart, old soul and an infectious smile. The Ohio State community and our entire football program are heartbroken.— Ryan Day (@ryandaytime) April 9, 2022
Leader. Legend. Forever a Buckeye. pic.twitter.com/yxwaIewN9V— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) April 9, 2022
The Dept. of Athletics is terribly saddened to learn of the death of Dwayne Haskins. We are thinking of the entire Haskins family during this most difficult time. Our prayers are with the family, and with his current and former teammates, coaches, friends and relatives. https://t.co/4aEdQ9nQdj— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) April 9, 2022
We send our heartfelt condolences to the Haskins family and the entire Ohio State University community. https://t.co/hbP0HxdjzT— Big Ten Conference (@bigten) April 9, 2022
Heartbroken to hear of the loss of Dwayne Haskins Jr. My thoughts and prayers go out to his incredible family. One of the greatest QBs in Ohio State history, but an even better son, teammate, and friend. God Bless!! pic.twitter.com/lM9Z8LzMhe— Urban Meyer (@CoachUrbanMeyer) April 9, 2022
Shocked and saddened by the devastating news about Dwayne. He was a legend on the field and truly a tremendous human being. Prayers to the Haskins family. pic.twitter.com/A3osynNcWM— Gene Smith (@OSU_AD) April 9, 2022
Hurt, lost for words RIH 7— CJ Stroud (@CJ7STROUD) April 9, 2022
Man RIP 7— Chris Olave (@chrisolave_) April 9, 2022
There wasnt a hateful bone in his body. Great player and person gone way too soon. RIP 7— Garrett Wilson (@GarrettWilson_V) April 9, 2022
A big brother to me RIP Dwayne— Kyle McCord (@kylemccord16) April 9, 2022
Tough to find the words you will be missed pic.twitter.com/x9bNzmRvCv— Joey Burrow (@JoeyB) April 9, 2022
Statement from Head Coach Mike Tomlin: pic.twitter.com/hI5QaKzBUq— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 9, 2022
Prayers for Dwayne, his Parents, Family & Friends - had a B1G Dream as a Kid, Worked Hard & Chased that Dream.— Kevin Wilson (@OSUCoachKDub) April 9, 2022
So Grateful our Paths Crossed here in Columbus - Rest In Peace QB Simba pic.twitter.com/9BV0VWeK5v
We are saddened to learn of the passing of Dwayne Haskins and join the rest of the football world in mourning his loss. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and teammates during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/TaFkzMBKqr— Rose Bowl Game (@rosebowlgame) April 9, 2022
A letter to my brother Dwayne pic.twitter.com/NROn7iPYXk— Coach Bear (@Only1CamSpence) April 9, 2022