18-year veteran signal-caller Ben Roethlisberger took time to speak about the life of a young man and fellow Steelers quarterback who left this Earth far too soon.
It was the kind of news that left many in stunned disbelief. Former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, drafted in the first round by Washington in 2019 and a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2021, lost his life early Saturday morning when he was struck by a dump truck.
There are still details regarding the accident that are unknown. The 24-year-old performer was in Florida along with some fellow Steelers for workouts organized by new Steelers’ quarterback Mitch Trubisky. The story was followed by a lot of emotion from both players and those close to the NFL in terms of media. As expected, there were many reactions to the news and the opinions it drew.
Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger pays tribute to Dwayne Haskins
On Sunday evening, recently-retired Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger turned to Twitter. Speaking on behalf of himself and his wife Ashley, the Pittsburgh legend talked touchingly about his time with Haskins and also spoke to Haskins’ wife Ashley.
Death is never easy to deal with. And an unexpected passing is very difficult to comprehend for many people. The shock and the loss of a young man is followed by many questions. But there are those who choose to focus on the many good times that they had with someone so young that is no longer with us. Such is the case here with Roethlisberger, who did not know Haskins long but wanted to comfort those who did.
There will be a lot said and written about Dwayne Haskins over the next few days and the positives should be emphasized. The words of Roethlisberger and Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin (see the enclosed Tweet) should make everyone think less about the game and more about the young man that will be missed.