Teammates and coaches react to the death of Dwayne Haskins

The shocking death of quarterback Dwayne Haskins in South Florida on Saturday morning sent an outpouring of grief among the NFL community and other professional athletes. Coaches released statements, friends shared tributes and social media feeds flooded with old photos of Haskins, 24, and emoji of broken hearts and doves.

The Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland, where Haskins became a high school star, published a community bulletin that began “It is with deep sadness…” and Patrick Cilento, who coached Haskins there from 2013 to 2016, said in an interview that Haskins was a “great boy, great person. It’s just devastating. Devastating.”

“Hard to grasp,” he added. “It’s just a sad, sad day.”

Former Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins dies at 24

The disbelief that Haskins could pass away at such a young age was shared by the biggest names in football and Haskins’ closest friends. Kansas City Quarterback Patrick Mahomes tweeted“Prayers man…” and Var Turner, the smuggler’s former personal photographer, wrote“I wish you all could see the man behind the athlete… [who] gave genuine love to everyone.

“Since we were kids, you’ve always been a real one,” NBA star Karl-Anthony Towns tweeted, featuring a photo of him and Haskins together as children; they both grew up in New Jersey. “Rest brother, until we meet again.”

Haskins, who would have turned 25 on May 3, was training in Boca Raton, Fla., with Steelers teammates, according to social media posts Friday night. Haskins’ parents, Dwayne Sr. and Tamara; his sister Tamia; and his wife Kalabrya had no immediate public comment.

Announcing the news, ESPN’s Adam Schefter, in a since-deleted tweet, said Haskins, “a star from Ohio State before struggling to catch up with Washington and Pittsburgh in the NFL, passed away this morning.”

Many took issue with Schefter noting Haskins’ difficulties in reporting the quarterback’s death.

“How about ‘Dwayne Haskins, son, husband, brother Buckeye, friend, beloved teammate has passed away,'” former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones wrote on Twitter. “…Let his family and friends mourn instead of throwing shade. Praying for the Haskins family!! »

Schefter would be later post a new tweet describing Haskins as “a star at Ohio State before becoming Washington’s first-round pick and playing in Pittsburgh”.

NFL Hall of Fame analyst Gil Brandt, 90, stoked anger. Shortly after the news broke, SiriusXM NFL radio host Dan Leberfeld asked Brandt what he thought of Haskins ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft. Brandt mentioned that, though any death saddened him, Haskins “was a guy who lived to be dead, so to speak”.

Brandt suggested Haskins had a habit of making bad decisions, such as leaving Ohio State a year early despite experts advising him not to, as well as choosing to host his own date night. NFL draft rather than accepting a league invite.

“Maybe if he stayed in school [an extra] year when he wouldn’t do anything stupid… [like] jogging on a freeway,” Brandt added.

“It’s more than unacceptable,” said former NFL wide receiver Dez Bryant replied on Twitter.

“I really hope you didn’t mean what you said about Dwayne,” said ESPN NFL analyst Louis Riddick. addedtagging Brandt.

“This morning, upon learning of the passing of Dwayne Haskins, I reacted in a careless and callous manner during a radio interview,” Brandt later said. tweeted. “I want to apologize to Mr. Haskins’ family and to anyone who heard my poor choice of words. I really apologize. My heart goes out to his family at this difficult time. »

The loss of Haskins seemed to be felt keenly in the Washington area. In 2013, before ninth grade, Haskins moved from Highland Park, NJ, to Potomac, Md., and except for a three-year stint in Columbus, Ohio, he lived in the area until that his tumultuous tenure with Washington ends with his release in December 2020.

Washington running back Jaret Patterson, who was two years younger than Haskins and played nearby at DeMatha Catholic High School, tweeted: “A DMV LEGEND.”

Commanders co-owners Daniel and Tanya Snyder, who first noticed Haskins at Bullis and whose son later played football at school as well, said in a statement they were “devastated” and called Haskins of “a young man with enormous potential who had an infectious personality.

“Hard to find the words…we will miss you” tweeted Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow, who lost Ohio State’s starting quarterback competition to Haskins in 2018 before rising to fame at LSU.

More than two dozen Commanders players, including those who had ridden Haskins and those who hadn’t, paid stunned and pained tributes to him on Instagram.

“Rest brother. Gone [too] soon. I know you at peace now,” wrote defensive end Montez Sweat, who was Washington’s second 2019 first-round pick after Haskins.

Wide receiver Kelvin Harmon, a sixth-round pick in the same draft, shared a text conversation between him and Haskins from Oct. 9, 2020, two days after coach Ron Rivera benched Haskins for the first time. .

“Don’t try to get on your nerves about it [expletive] but you know that i believe in you for sure [sic], your luck has returned and they will regret disrespecting you like this,” Harmon wrote. “The whole league went to see.”

“Thanks bro, I appreciate you man,” Haskins replied. “I’m fine bro, I just have to keep working.”

Washington Reserve offensive lineman Keith Ismael shared a direct message exchange with Haskins from Dec. 6, 2021, the day after Ismael made his first career NFL start in Las Vegas.

“So proud of you my g!” Haskins wrote.

“Thanks mate,” Ismael replied. “everything we ever talked about.”

Despite the challenges Haskins faced as he tried to reestablish his career in Pittsburgh, Steelers players seemed to appreciate him as several teammates shared heartfelt tributes on Twitter.

“The world lost a great person today,” said star edge rusher TJ Watt wrote. “When Dwayne first walked into the locker room[,] I could tell he was an optimistic guy. He always made people smile, never taking life for granted. His impact on me will last forever.

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