NFL fans were hit with some of the saddest news out of the league in a long time, as it was announced that up-and-coming Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins, 24, died over the weekend in a tragic, bizarre accident on a Florida interstate.
According to USA Today, it was confirmed that Haskins was struck and killed by a dump truck while he attempted to cross an interstate near Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Haskins was reportedly in the area as part of training exercises with fellow Steelers teammates, including fellow newly-signed QB Mitch Trubisky.
It remains unclear, as of this writing, why Haskins was attempting to cross Interstate 595 on foot in the early morning hours.
“This is an open traffic homicide investigation,” Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Lt. Indiana Miranda told Fox News. “No further information will be released until the investigation has been closed.”
A number of sports teams from different leagues paid tribute to Haskins with a moment of silence before games, including the Pittsburgh Penguins NHL team.
Before today’s game, a moment of silence was held in honor of Dwayne Haskins.
Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences are with the Haskins family, Dwayne’s teammates, and all of Steelers Nation 💛🖤 pic.twitter.com/NHXwbf7yKR
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) April 9, 2022
Just the day before the tragic incident, Haskins had uploaded several videos in which he appeared to be having fun and enjoying the sights while training in Florida.
Dwayne Haskins just posted this video having fun and joking around yesterday
It’s a reminder how fragile life is pic.twitter.com/b9KFrWbrnd
— Brett (@Brett_Hanfling) April 9, 2022
Over the weekend, a growing number of fellow football players, and professional athletes from all different sports paid tribute to Haskins, who was a standout Ohio State quarterback in contention for the starting position after Ben Roethlisberger’s retirement last season. He will undoubtedly be missed by many.