By: Amanda Andrews from KDKA-TV
PITTSBURGH (Kedica) – Tributes flow to Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who passed away this morning in South Florida.
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He was killed after being hit by a dump truck as he got out of his car and began walking along I-595.
Haskins’ teammates on the Pittsburgh Steelers are in shock and react to the news of his sudden and sudden death.
Ben Roethlisberger called him “a young man who never had a bad day” and said he “enjoyed his passion and love for the game”.
Ben’s message. pic.twitter.com/P3aMe8Njbs
– BigBen7.com (@_BigBen7) April 9, 2022
Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph tweeted one word: “Devastating.”
– Mason Rudolph (@Rudolph2Mason) April 9, 2022
Cornerback Joe Haden tweeted, “Tell your loved ones….Do you love them!!! ❤️ Life is too short!! Rip Dwayne Haskins!”
Tell your loved ones… Do you love them!!! ❤️
Life is too short!! Rip Dwayne Haskins!
– Joe Hadden (@joehaden23) April 9, 2022
Steelers wide receiver Deontay Johnson also left a message for his teammate on social media:
“I love you bra! You had so much in front of you! Watch out for my family…” Johnson wrote on his Instagram story with a picture of Haskins.
RayRay McCloud III, another wide receiver, wrote “Brahhhhh😓”, apparently in reference to a Haskins pass.
– RayRay McCloud III (@RMIII_34) April 9, 2022
Pat Freiermuth wrote “Love Bro❤️” on his Instagram story along with a photo of Haskins.
The Watt brothers also expressed their grief over the loss of their teammate on Twitter.
“The world today has lost a great person,” TJ Watt wrote on Twitter. “When Dwayne first walked into the locker room, I could tell he was an upbeat guy. He always made people smile, and never took life for granted. His influence on me will be forever.”
Today the world has lost a great person. When Dwayne first walked into the locker room, I could tell he was an upbeat guy. He always made people smile, never took life for granted. His influence on me will last forever.
– TJ Watt (@TJWatt) April 9, 2022
“I spent your last moments with you and I can’t help but think how selfless you were in those moments,” Chase Claypool said on Twitter.
I spent your last moments with you and I can’t help but think of how selfless you were in those moments. All you cared about was making sure everyone around you was okay and I can’t thank you enough for that. You are what I strive to be. # LL3
Chase Claypool April 9, 2022
“Such heartbreaking news. Went way too soon. Rest in peace Dwayne 🙏🏼” Derek Watt tweeted.
What a heartbreaking news. Went way too soon. Rest in peace Dwayne 🙏🏼
– Derek Watt (@derekWatt34) April 9, 2022
“It doesn’t look real,” Steelers midfielder Alex Highsmith tweeted. “Those who knew him know how special he was. Heartbreaking, RIP Dwayne. May God be with his family.”
It doesn’t look real. Those who knew him knew how special he was. Heartbreaking, RIP Dwayne. May the Lord be with his family
– Alex Highsmith (@highsmith34) April 9, 2022
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin also released a statement with the Steelers organization, expressing his disbelief and heartbreak at the young player’s death:
“I am devastated, and at a loss for words over the passing of Dwayne Haskins,” said Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. “He quickly became part of the Steelers family upon his arrival in Pittsburgh and was one of our most dedicated workers, both on the field and in our community. Dwayne was a wonderful teammate, but a wonderful friend to so many. I am truly heartbroken. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Calabria. and his entire family during this difficult time.”
Statement from Technical Director Mike Tomlin: pic.twitter.com/hI5QaKzBUq
– Pittsburgh Steelers April 9, 2022
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Dwayne Haskins. I hope he rests in peace,” the Steelers said.
We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Dwayne Haskins.
May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/PsDEx9RI5J
– Pittsburgh Steelers April 9, 2022
Steelers coach Mike Sullivan, who has worked frequently with Haskins, expressed his condolences and said, “It has been a pleasure seeing him grow and develop.”
Heartbroken and devastated by Dwayne’s untimely death… It has been a pleasure seeing him grow and develop, both as a quarterback and as a man. His positive attitude, bright smile and true enthusiasm will be missed by everyone. Praying for his wife Calabria and the Haskins family#RIP pic.twitter.com/Z8Y3QvjEI7
– Mike Sullivan (@MikeSullivan89) April 9, 2022
His former team, the leaders of Washington and Bucks of Ohio, also issued their condolences.
“I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of Dwayne Haskins Jr.,” coach Ron Rivera said in a statement on Twitter. “Dwayne has been a talented young man with a long life ahead of him. This is a very sad time and I am honestly at a loss for words. I know I speak for the rest of our cast in saying it will be deeply missed. Our entire team sends our heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers to the Haskins family at this time.”
Statement from coach Ron Rivera pic.twitter.com/tVBLva7Dsd
– Washington leaders (leaders) April 9, 2022
“Leader. Legend. Forever a Buckeye,” Ohio State Football tweeted.
Leader. Explanatory title. Forever Buckeye. pic.twitter.com/yxwaIewN9V
Ohio State Football (OhioStateFB) April 9, 2022
The NFL made its own statement regarding Haskins’ death:
“The NFL family mourns the tragic loss of Dwayne Haskins and we extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”
The NFL family mourns the tragic loss of Dwayne Haskins and extends our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/Ilf1LGzrPr
– NFL (NFL) April 9, 2022
Even outside the NFL, many organizations and personalities have expressed their condolences.
“Our thoughts are with the Haskins family, fellow Dwayne and the Steelers nation. The Penguins responded in a tweet to the Steelers’ announcement, “Our thoughts are with you all.”
We grieve for the Haskins family, fellow Dwayne and the Steelers nation. Our thoughts are with you all
– Pittsburgh penguins April 9, 2022
“We join the Pittsburgh community in mourning the tragic loss of Dwayne Haskins. Our hearts are with the Haskins family and the entire Steelers organization,” the hacker tweeted.
We join the Pittsburgh community in mourning the tragic loss of Dwayne Haskins.
Our hearts go out to the Haskins family and the entire Steelers organization. https://t.co/HueuBKtawD
– Pittsburgh Pirates April 9, 2022
“Our thoughts are with Dwayne’s family after this devastating loss,” UPMC tweeted.
Our thoughts are with Dwayne’s family after this devastating loss. https://t.co/ArYNcAk2dn
– UPMC (@UPMC) April 9, 2022
“The City of Pittsburgh mourns the sudden death of Steelers QB Dwayne Haskins. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and the entire Steelers organization,” Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Jenny said on Twitter.
city Tweet embed We are saddened by his sudden passing Tweet embed QB Dwayne Haskins. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and the entire Steelers organization.https://t.co/dEq5TP8d1B
– Ed Gainey (@gainey_ed) April 9, 2022
Former quarterback Pete Kenny Pickett, who had a room with Haskins at a youth soccer camp, also weighed in:
Lost words… rip Dwayne https://t.co/PI1kfOtFAw
– Kenny Pickett (@kennypickett10) April 9, 2022
Prior to the Penguins-Capitals game at the PPG Paints Arena, the Penguins held a minute’s silence in front of the Haskins.
Prior to 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 colleagues, and all the Steelers Nation members 💛🖤 pic.twitter.com/NHXwbf7yKR
– Pittsburgh penguins April 9, 2022
Some athletes criticized the wording of Shifter’s original tweet, which noted that he “was struggling to catch up with Washington and Pittsburgh in the NFL.”
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