NFL football, Haskins dies in car accident

The 24-year-old star from Ohio State had landed among the pros in 2019 chosen by Washington, last year he moved to Pittsburgh.

A sudden death shakes the NFL world. News arrives of the passing of 24-year-old Dwayne Haskins, backup quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Run over today, Saturday April 9, in the morning hours in the United States, by a vehicle. He was training in Florida with some teammates. Haskins had been picked 15th overall in the 2019 Draft by Washington, then considered an intriguing prospect, after an extraordinary season at The Ohio State University ended with success in the Rose Bowl. Incredibly, in hindsight, he had even beaten out Joe Burrow to fill the Buckeyes’ starting job at the time. But in the NFL, his career was immediately derailed after a disastrous season and a half in the capital. However, there was still a lot of hope for him. Adversity seemed to have matured him, and he had accepted a supporting role with the Steelers last year, earning a re-sign for next season a month ago. Unfortunately, his career path becomes an unfinished drama.

COLLEGE PRODIGY

Haskins, after his brilliant beginnings in high school in Maryland, had become another cover quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes, NCAA-level oval ball superpower. At Columbus he’d redishirted the first year, then finally tested the field the second, albeit off JT Barrett’s backup. The third season had been that of consecration. Thunderous. He had thrown for 50 touchdowns, compared to just 8 interceptions. And he finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting, best college player. Behind Murray and Tagovailoa. Thus, he had dropped out of college at the height of his glory, among other things graduating with a degree in journalism.

FAILURE IN WASHINGTON

But it hadn’t worked in the NFL. Despite the huge general expectations, he was almost ready to go. Looking back, everyone may have been in too much of a hurry. Haskins played 16 games with the capital team, 13 from the start, throwing just 12 touchdowns and suffering up to 14 interceptions. In October 2020, after the 10-30 beating he suffered in the derby with Baltimore, he was benched. And then cut. His bad attitude paid off as well as his poor performance. He had violated pandemic protocol, the work ethic left a lot to be desired. Both Coach (Jay) Gruden and Coach Rivera had never been big fans of him, in fact it was owner Snyder who imposed his will on him: he envisioned him as a winning face of the franchise. But he had jumped the bank early. Soon.

PROOF OF ASCENT

But Haskins had found a foothold, Coach Tomlin in Pittsburgh had thrown him a lifeline. He hadn’t played last season, only third in the quarterback hierarchy behind legend Roethlisberger and mediocre Rudolph. But he seemed to have matured, and maybe his talent had been overrated, but he certainly wasn’t lacking. So he would have started from the first reserve of new signing Mitch Trubisky, although then Pitt seems willing to sign a quarterback to complete the department. But Haskins now looked like a possibility, no longer a disappointment. Then the tragedy. “I’m speechless, Dwayne was a very talented young man,” says Tomlin. TJ Watt, the defenseman of the year, best player of the Steelers, does not rest. “The world has lost a great person.” The one from the NFL gathers around the Haskins family, mourning his disappearance.

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