Steelers QB Tragically Passes Away

 It has been reported that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins has passed away on Saturday morning. Haskins was killed after being hit by a car in South Florida where he had been working out with the other Steelers QBs and wide receivers. 

Haskins was only 24 years of age, and was expected to be turning 25 on May 3rd. The news has come as shock to the entire NFL and its fans who follow the game. Haskins was expected to challenge for the starting job at Steelers camp this upcoming training camp; with the retirement of long-time Steeler and future Hall of Famer Ben Roethlisberger following the 2021 NFL season's conclusion.

The New Jersey native had signed with the Steelers on January 21st 2021, following having been released from the Washington Football Team (now Commanders) where his disobeying the Covid-19 regulations may have played a factor. 

In Pittsburgh, Haskins was the third string quarterback behind Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Randolph, where he spent the majority of games as inactive. Despite being active for only one game during the 2021 NFL season, he saw no playing time.

The upcoming 2022 season was expected to be a chance for a bounce back season for him as he hadn't played a game since December 27th 2020, in which he started for the Football Team before being benched in the fourth quarter of a 20-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Following the game, the Football Team cut him which led to him joining the Steelers.

Haskins sadly never lived up to the hype he had in Washington as a first round pick in 2019. In two years with the team, he started only 13 games where his record was 3-10 and played in a total of 16 where he threw for 12 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and 2804 passing yards. He also had a career 60.1% passing percentage and a 74.4 passer rating. On the rushing side of things, he put up 147 yards in 40 rushing attempts and scored one touchdown. 

Prior to his NFL career, he was a star quarterback at Ohio State during his second season that led him to getting selected 15th in the NFL draft. Prior to that season, he had red shirted his first year and was a backup to J.T. Barrett. Though he only had one season as starter, he proved how dominant he could be during that time. His record for the Buckeyes was 13-1, where he threw for 4831 yards and 50 touchdowns. Haskins also finished third in Heisman Trophy voting and led Ohio State to a Rose Bowl victory.

The NFL and their fans will mourn the loss of Dwayne Haskins who is gone too soon at age 24.  Rest in peace Dwayne!

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