Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins has been killed in an automobile accident.
“I am devastated and at a loss for words with the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said after Saturday’s tragedy.
“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.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Kalabrya, and his entire family during this difficult time.”
The 24-year-old had been selected by Washington in the first round of the 2019 draft out of Ohio State.
He started seven games as a rookie, going 2-5. He was 1-5 in six starts the next season for the team, before being released.
Washington coach Ron Rivera said he was “absolutely heartbroken” to learn of Haskins’ death.
The Steelers had given Haskins a chance to resurrect his career in January 2021 when they signed him a month after being released by Washington.
“The world lost a great person today,” Steelers star TJ Watt posted on Twitter.
“When Dwayne first walked into the locker room I could tell he was an upbeat guy. He was always making people smile, never taking life for granted.”