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NFL Quarterback Killed by Truck; Spoke Publicly About His Christian Faith

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins was killed Saturday when he was hit by a dump truck while he was walking on a South Florida highway.

Haskins was pronounced dead at the scene on westbound Interstate 595.

Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Lt. Indiana Miranda didn’t say why the 24-year-old Haskins was on the highway at the time. The accident caused the highway to be shut down for several hours.

“He was just walking on the highway and got hit,” Miranda told The Associated Press.

Haskins’ death sparked an outpouring of grief from many corners of the NFL, particularly from his former teammates with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Commanders.

“I am devastated and at a loss for words with the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “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.”

Haskins was selected by Washington out of Ohio State with the 15th overall pick in the first round of the 2019 draft. He started seven games as a rookie, going 2-5. He was 1-5 in six starts the next season for the team, then was released.

Washington coach Ron Rivera said he was “absolutely heartbroken” to learn of Haskins’ death.

“Dwayne was a talented young man who had a long life ahead of him,” Rivera said in a release. “This is a very sad time and I am honestly at a loss for words. I know I speak for the rest of our team in saying he will be sorely missed. Our entire team is sending our heartfelt condolences and thoughts and prayers to the Haskins family at this time.”

Ohio State posted a photo of Haskins on its Twitter feed. It read: “Leader. Legend. Forever a Buckeye.”

Haskins had an outstanding year during his one season as the starting quarterback at OSU in 2018, throwing for 50 touchdowns and over 4,800 yards while completing 70 percent of his passes. He was named the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Year. He finished third in the voting for the Heisman Trophy behind two other quarterbacks, Kyler Murray of Oklahoma and Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama.

Urban Meyer, his coach at Ohio State, praised Haskins to The Columbus Dispatch, and said he was devastated over Haskins' death.

"He was one of the sweetest kids," Meyer told the paper. "The players all loved him. My daughter (Nicki Meyer Dennis) just showed me a picture of him holding our grandson. I'm just heartbroken for that family."

Haskins’ father, Dwayne Sr, “taught him how to pray, life selflessly, and give back to the community,” WUSA-9 reported after Haskins Jr was drafted by Washington.

Haskins demonstrated his faith during his Ohio State years. He and his fellow Heisman candidate Tagovailoa would text Bible verses to each other during the season.

And once he got to Washington in the NFL, Decision magazine reported that Haskins liked “to quote ; ; , and closest to his heart, he says, is : “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation" (NIV).

“I want to use my platform, use my place in this world right now as a way to benefit and inspire others, and give back to the community, and be someone that they look up to,” Haskins said. “That is something I feel like God would want for me to do.”

And on Thanksgiving Day 2020, Haskins tweeted about his own thanksgiving- for God’s gift of salvation:

“Gods grace has saved you because of your faith in Christ. Your salvation doesn’t come from anything you do. It is gods gift. -

"Thankful, Happy thanksgiving” he added. 

-With reporting by the Associated Press.

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Drew Parkhill is a Senior Producer for CBN News. He selects the news stories used in the daily news segment on The 700 Club. He is also a member of the CBN News editorial team, and serves as the Financial Editor. Parkhill has worked at CBN since 1980, and with CBN News since 1985. He began producing the news segment of the 700 Club in 1989. Drew graduated from Ohio State with a BA degree in Journalism, and from CBN (now Regent) University with a Masters in Communication. His interests cover a wide range of subjects, including current events, financial markets, Biblical studies, science