Former OSU Quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. has died.
Haskins passed away in Florida early Saturday morning after being struck by a car. He was just 24 years old. The news of the young athlete’s death has led to an outpouring of emotion from fans, fellow players, and coaches.
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
Tough to find the words… you will be missed pic.twitter.com/x9bNzmRvCv
— Joey Burrow (@JoeyB) 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 QB’s in Ohio State history, but an even better son, teammate, and friend. God Bless!! pic.twitter.com/lM9Z8LzMhe
— Urban Meyer (@CoachUrbanMeyer) April 9, 2022
Dwayne Haskins Jr. came into the Ohio State vs. Michigan game back in 2017 swinging.
And he didn’t stop fighting until he had won the game for the Buckeyes. Haskins, at the time a redshirt freshman, got called into the game after senior QB JT Barrett injured his knee.
Haskins went on to smash Ohio State records for passing yards and passing touchdowns in his season as starting quarterback in 2018.
Although the QB grew up in the Washington D.C. area, he had dreamed of being the quarterback at Ohio State since childhood.
After leaving the Buckeyes, Haskins went on to be selected by the Washington Commanders in the 2019 NFL draft. He was about to start his second year with the Pittsburgh Steelers (fourth year in the NFL overall).
“I am devastated and at a loss for words with the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin’s statement reads. “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 even more so a tremendous friend to so many. I am truly heartbroken.”