On Saturday, the football world received the tragic news that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins was killed after he was struck by a car in South Florida. He was just 24-years-old.
Before joining the NFL, Haskins was a standout quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes. After news broke of his passing, the Ohio State football program and Athletic Department released statements.
Haskins’ Ohio State coach, Urban Meyer, and former teammate, Joe Burrow also sent out messages after hearing the news.
Meyer said, “Heartbroken to hear of the loss of Dwayne Haskins Jr. My thoughts and prayers go out to his incredible family. One of the greatest QB’s in Ohio State history, but an even better son, teammate, and friend. God Bless!!
Burrow, who was in a quarterback competition for the starting job before injury, shared a video of the two embracing after meeting in the NFL.
Ohio State head coach Ryan Day said, ”
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.”
Ohio State releases statement following the tragic passing of Dwayne Haskins
Haskins committed to the Buckeyes football program in 2016. He did receive playing time in 2017 before putting up tremendous performances throughout his sophomore season in 2018.
As the starter in 2018, Haskins broke the program’s and Big Ten’s single-season passing yards and touchdown records by throwing for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns, per Ohio State’s website. Additionally, Haskins also holds the most touchdown passes in a single game with six, a feat he accomplished twice in 2018.
That year, Haskins led the Buckeyes to a Big Ten Championship after their 45-24 win over North Western. Then, Ohio State defeated Washington in the Rose Bowl, where Haskins was named MVP.
Haskins declared for the 2019 NFL Draft after that year, where he was selected by the now-Washington Commanders with the 15th-overall pick. Haskins signed with the Steelers in 2021.
We would like to send our condolences to Haskins’ family, friends and colleagues durign this difficult time.