Death is never an easy thing to deal with — especially when it feels like the person who passes on still had so much life to live. It’s very upsetting and disturbing.
Those are the only feelings that feel accurate enough to describe the news of Dwayne Haskins’ death at just 24 years old. News broke that Haskins was hit by a car in South Florida on Saturday and it felt like the NFL world’s heart just collectively sank.
Haskins signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2021. The quarterback absolutely rewrote the record books at Ohio State University. In the only season he started in 2018, Haskins threw 50 touchdowns and was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.
People were shocked by the news of his death. Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin released a statement following the news.
Statement from Head Coach Mike Tomlin: pic.twitter.com/hI5QaKzBUq
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 9, 2022
Folks from across the NFL world, including players, media and fans alike, all sent their condolences.
RIP to Dwayne Haskins. He said he was gonna go to Ohio State the first time he stepped foot on campus as a little kid. And he became a Buckeye legend.
— David Gardner (@byDavidGardner) April 9, 2022
Incredibly sad to hear about Dwayne Haskins
Thoughts and prayers are with his family. Gut wrenching news
Rest In Peace
— Will Compton (@_willcompton) April 9, 2022
I am absolutely devastated for the family, friends and fans of former Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins. I am sorry for your loss.
— RJ Young (@RJ_Young) April 9, 2022
RIP Dwayne Haskins.. heartbreaking… Prayers to his family & loved ones.
Love yours while they’re here!
— Kyler Murray (@K1) April 9, 2022
This is difficult. As an Ohio State alum I loved what Dwayne Haskins did for the school. As a reporter getting to know him and talk to him many times and getting to know those close to him it’s really tough, knowing the devastating impact on their lives. So young. So damn sad.
— John Keim (@john_keim) April 9, 2022
What happened with Dwayne Haskins is a legit tragedy. Just 24 years old and gone way too soon.
How someone thinks it’s okay to add “struggled to catch on in Washington and Pittsburgh” in their report is beyond me.
— Chris Rosvoglou (@RosvoglouReport) April 9, 2022
Terribly sad news. RIP Dwayne Haskins, a really good dude. https://t.co/Bp6PJQE1h8
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 9, 2022
Absolutely devastating news. Thinking of Dwayne Haskins’ family and all those close to him. Sadly, I wish we would have all been informed of the news with a little more sensitivity and compassion. 🙏🏻
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) April 9, 2022
Dwayne Haskins’ first major moment at Ohio State was as a freshman, taking over for an injured J.T. Barrett while trailing rival Michigan on the road in the 3rd quarter. Haskins would lead the Buckeyes to 3 scoring drives and a come from behind win. RIP 🙏 pic.twitter.com/HOi63mFArj
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 9, 2022
I can confirm. Dwayne Haskins has died. I’m absolutely heartbroken man. pic.twitter.com/4d9ZN016lE
— Darren M. Haynes (@DarrenMHaynes) April 9, 2022
No quarterback competition matters. No past transgression matters. Dwayne Haskins was a person. Dwayne Haskins was loved and cared about by his family, both in life and football. Tragic doesn’t even begin to describe this situation.
— Mike J. Asti (@MikeAsti11) April 9, 2022
Rest In Peace, Dwayne Haskins. 💔 pic.twitter.com/XWy2D710pX
— Quinton Mayo (@RealQuintonMayo) April 9, 2022
Will never forget the 2018 Ohio State – Michigan game where Dwayne Haskins was surgical. Tore apart the Michigan defense. 6 touchdowns that day was when it felt locked in he’d go Rd 1 if he declared.
One of the greats at Ohio State.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) April 9, 2022
Had the pleasure of shooting a few photos of Dwayne Haskins during his time in DC. This was my favorite 💔 pic.twitter.com/81p82aFJEz
— sharif (@sharifx25) April 9, 2022
RIP Dwayne Haskins
Life is short. Love strong.
— Cameron Magruder (@ScooterMagruder) April 9, 2022
The worst part about those who die so young: they never get the opportunity to grow into who they’re supposed to be, to become all that they’re supposed to be. RIP to Dwayne Haskins, and heartfelt condolences to all who knew and loved him.
— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) April 9, 2022
Rest In Peace Dwayne Haskins. Praying for him and his family right now. Too young. pic.twitter.com/LckPtNBIpk
— Toney Time (@toney_time) April 9, 2022
Heartbreaking. RIP Dwayne Haskins! Sending blessings and prayers to his family! Life is precious. We’re always reminded. Incredibly sad to see young kings and queens, with their entire life ahead of them, gone too soon. Love your people and find your happiness daily!
— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) April 9, 2022
Lifting Dwayne Haskins, Jr family in prayer is a given. But please lift up his Buckeyes and current teammates in your prayers as well. They are gutted.
— Annie Apple (@SurvivinAmerica) April 9, 2022
Dwayne Haskins was a transformational, aspirational, unforgettable Buckeye. His self-confidence was a joy to be around. He helped change the foundation of Ohio State football. He lived his Buckeye dream. And he could sling it. What a terrible loss. pic.twitter.com/03DZ4S1n54
— Doug Lesmerises (@DougLesmerises) April 9, 2022
— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) April 9, 2022
Life is precious. Live life with no regrets, don’t dwell on the negatives, and cherish every great moment. Gone to soon RIP Dwayne Haskins
— Deon Bush (@deonbushlive2) April 9, 2022
Rest in peace, Dwayne Haskins. Gone way, way, way too son.