Dwayne Haskins, Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback, Struck and Killed by Automobile
Dwayne Haskins, quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, was struck and killed by an automobile Saturday morning, ESPN reported, sourcing the news to his agent. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin confirmed his death in a statement. The NFL star was 24 years old.
“I am devastated and at a loss for words with the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins,” Tomlin wrote.
A Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson told the Associated Press that the accident occurred on Interstate 595. Haskins “was pronounced dead at the scene,” according to the AP. The athlete had reportedly been walking on the highway when he was hit, and the incident caused a multi-hour shutdown.
Haskins was born in Highland Park, New Jersey, but moved to Potomac, Maryland, outside of Washington, D.C., in time for him to play high school football for the Bullis School. He then became one of the more sought after college recruits. After initially committing to play for the University of Maryland, he ended up at The Ohio State University. While there, he won the MVP award at the 2018 Big Ten College Football Championship Game and the 2019 Rose Bowl.
In 2019, he was drafted by the now-named Washington Commanders. He played again for the team in 2020, when they were known as the Washington Football Team.
He signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in late January 2021 as the third string quarterback behind Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph. He did not play last season.
Fans and colleagues knew him by his nickname, Simba.