Apr 28, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; A moment of silence is held for Dwayne Haskins before the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft at the NFL Draft Theater. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Dwayne Haskins had BAC of .20 when struck, killed

The late Dwayne Haskins had a blood-alcohol level of 2 1/2 times the legal limit when he was killed on a South Florida highway last month, the Miami Herald and Fox Sports radio reported Monday.

Two blood samples were taken, blood coming back at .20 and another fluid at .24. The legal limit in Florida is .08.

The Herald cited the autopsy report released by the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office. The Fox report cited investigators.

Haskins also tested positive for ketamine and norketamine, per the report. Both drugs can be used as medical anesthetics or recreationally, per the report.

Haskins had been out at a Miami nightclub the night before and got into a fight before leaving. He was in the car with a “female companion” who was not his wife when they ran out of gas. Haskins walked around for 20 minutes looking for gas, per the report.

The woman was passed out drunk in the disabled car at the scene, per the Fox report.

Haskins had gone to dinner with a friend or cousin, per the ME’s report.

“They drank heavily and at some point, they got into a fight, separating,” per the ME’s report.

Haskins was hit by a dump truck while walking on I-595 near the airport in Fort Lauderdale on April 9. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Haskins, who would have turned 25 on May 3, was training in the area with other Steelers quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers at the invitation of recently signed quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

Recordings revealed that Haskins’ wife, Kalabrya, called 911 to ask authorities to check on him. Dwayne Haskins called to inform her he ran out of gas and would be walking to reach a gas station.

Kalabrya Haskins said her husband would call her back when he was safely at the car again. When her phone never rang, she called for help from her home in Pittsburgh.

The Steelers signed Trubisky in March following the retirement of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Trubisky, Haskins and Mason Rudolph all were expected to compete for the starting and primary backup roles.

Haskins was selected by Washington with the 15th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft after a stellar college career at Ohio State.

He was 3-10 as a starter over the previous two campaigns for Washington before being released late in the 2020 season. He passed for 2,804 yards with 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He also ran for 147 yards and one touchdown.

The Steelers signed Haskins in early 2021, but he didn’t see any game action.

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911 call: Dwayne Haskins was walking to get gas when killed

The frightened wife of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins called 911 to ask authorities to check on him after he informed her he ran out of gas and would be walking along a South Florida highway to reach a gas station.

Her call came after Haskins was struck and killed on Interstate 95 early the morning of April 9.

In the call, obtained and shared by a South Florida Fox Sports personality, Kalabrya Haskins said her husband told her he was leaving the car along the highway to get gas and would call her back when he was safely at the car again.

When her phone never rang, she called for help from her home in Pittsburgh.

“I just want somebody to go to the area to see if his car’s there, see if he’s O.K., if anything happened to him. … That’s just not like him to not call me back and for his phone to go dead. He was stranded by himself. He was walking, though,” Kalabrya Haskins said in the audio recording.

After Kalabrya Haskins detailed where her husband was, the 911 operator shared that there was a report of an incident on the road.

“I don’t want you to panic but I’m going to be honest with you,” the woman said. “We do have an incident on the highway but I can’t confirm if that’s your husband.”

Another 911 call came from a screaming woman who told the dispatcher that she witnessed a dump truck hit a man on the interstate.

Police in Florida have yet to release the findings of their investigation. Authorities previously hadn’t said why Haskins was walking on the highway.

Haskins was 24 and entering his fourth NFL season. He had been in Florida working out with other Steelers skill position players at the invitation of recently signed quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

A public memorial service for Haskins is set for Friday in Pittsburgh.

His college team, the Ohio State Buckeyes, honored him at their spring game last weekend.

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Apr 16, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day has a moment of silence for Dwayne Haskins during the Annual Scarlett and Gray Spring game at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State pays tribute to Dwayne Haskins at its spring game

Ohio State remembered its former quarterback, Dwayne Haskins, on Saturday with a memorial video at halftime of its spring game and other markers around Ohio Stadium.

The Buckeyes, led by wide receiver Kamryn Babb — a former teammate of Haskins who is now a fifth-year senior — huddled on the field to watch the video along with the 60,007 fans in attendance. They saw a tribute to Haskins, who died last Saturday, that include footage from his time on campus, interviews with family members and a video of him as a child saying he would play at Ohio State one day.

Babb led the team in a prayer after the video.

Haskins, 24, died last Saturday when he was struck and killed by a dump truck as he walked along a South Florida interstate. The investigation, including why he was walking on the highway, is continuing. He had been in Florida to train with other members of his current team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Returning quarterback CJ Stroud, who wears No. 7 like Haskins did, took the field for the first series of the spring game wearing a black alternate Buckeyes jersey with Haskins’ name on the back.

The players wore a sticker on their helmets with Haskins’ initials, which also were painted on the field. A moment of silence occurred before the game.

Haskins played for Ohio State from 2016-18. In his final season, he set Big Ten single-season records with 4,831 passing yards and 50 passing touchdowns. He threw just eight interceptions and finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting behind winner Kyler Murray of Oklahoma and Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama.

He was a first-round draft pick of the Washington franchise in 2019 and more recently was a backup quarterback with the Steelers.

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Ohio State students organized a candlelight vigil in honor of former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins.  Over 500 students, fans, football players and former teammates attended the vigil at the Rotunda outside of Ohio Stadium on April 12, 2022.

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Dwayne Haskins’ widow thanks public for outpouring of support

The widow of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins thanked the public Wednesday for the outpouring of support following his death.

Haskins, 24, was killed Saturday when he was struck by a dump truck while walking on a highway near the airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Police have said they don’t know why he was on foot along Interstate 595. An investigation is continuing.

“I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to every loving soul who has supported our family during this arduous time of loss,” Kalabrya Haskins said in a statement distributed by the Steelers. “The overwhelming thoughts and prayers have been fuel for our emotional depletion. All of your blessings have been greatly valued and appreciated.”

She added: “My husband was more than a great football player. He had the smile of a rainbow that touched the diversity of so many. He will forever rest and remain in our hearts til the end of time.”

Ohio State announced plans earlier this week to honor Haskins, who played in 22 games for the Buckeyes from 2017-18, at their spring game on Saturday. A campus candlelight vigil was held Tuesday night.

In the NFL, he played for Washington, which made him a first-round pick in the 2019 draft, and the Steelers.

Kalabrya Haskins invited the public to attend a memorial service for her husband on April 22 at the Allegheny Center Alliance Church in Pittsburgh. Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m., with the service to follow.

ESPN reported that memorial services also will be held on April 23 in New Jersey, where he lived as a child, and the following day at Bullis School in Potomac, Md., where he played high school football.

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Ohio State to honor Dwayne Haskins at spring game

Ohio State will remember former Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins at the spring game on Saturday and during the season, coach Ryan Day said Monday.

Haskins, 24, was struck and killed by a dump truck as he walked along a Florida interstate on Saturday.

Day said just how the Buckeyes will honor Haskins, their starting quarterback in 2018, is being finalized.

“Buckeye nation meant a lot to Dwayne,” Day said. “Having everybody there on Saturday is significant. And we’ll make sure we do things the right way and then moving forward, we just want to make sure we do it the right way and think it through.”

Haskins played for Ohio State from 2016-18. In his final season, he set Big Ten single-season records with 4,831 passing yards and 50 passing touchdowns. He threw just eight interceptions and finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting behind winner Kyler Murray of Oklahoma and Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama.

He was a first-round draft pick of the Washington franchise in 2019 and more recently was a backup quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Day said Haskins remained close to members of the Ohio State program as well as to Day’s own family — all of whom were trying to process Haskins’ death.

“I’m 44 years old now, and I don’t know how to feel,” Day said. “Certainly if you’re 18, 19, 20 years old, you’re just having a hard time with it all, confusing. You try to lean on each other the best you can. What you can’t do is do something or say something you think is going to make it all better. It’s not going to happen. You have to go through the process.”

Haskins had been in South Florida training with Steelers skill position players at the invitation of new Pittsburgh quarterback Mitch Trubisky. He was walking on Interstate 595, near the airport in Fort Lauderdale, when he was struck.

It wasn’t immediately clear why he was walking on the highway.

On Sunday, Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Lt. Indiana Miranda told the Miami Herald that the investigation into Haskins’ death is continuing, with a report likely to be made public in about three or four months.

“There is no other updates about the investigation to be released at this time,” she said.

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Nov 14, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins (3) warms up before he game against the Detroit Lions at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers QB Dwayne Haskins dies after being hit by car

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins died Saturday morning after being hit by a car in South Florida.

Haskins, who would have turned 25 on May 3, was training in the area with other Steelers quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers at the invitation of recently signed quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

The Steelers signed Trubisky in March following the retirement of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Trubisky, Haskins and Mason Rudolph all were expected to compete for the starting and primary backup roles.

Haskins was selected by Washington with the 15th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft.

He was 3-10 as a starter over the previous two campaigns for Washington before being released late in the 2020 season. He passed for 2,804 yards with 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He also ran for 147 yards and one touchdown.

The Steelers signed Haskins in early 2021, but he didn’t see any game action.

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

Washington Commanders owners Dan and Tanya Snyder also remembered Haskins on Saturday.

“We are devastated to hear the news of the tragic passing of Dwayne Haskins, Jr. He was a young man with a tremendous amount of potential who had an infectious personality,” the Snyders said in a statement. “To say we are heartbroken is an understatement. Our hearts and prayers are with the members of Dwayne’s family and all of those who knew him and loved him.”

While playing for Ohio State, Haskins set Big Ten single-season records with 4,831 passing yards and 50 passing touchdowns in 2018. He threw just eight interceptions and finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting behind winner Kyler Murray of Oklahoma and Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama.

Haskins threw for a school-record 499 against Northwestern in the Big Ten title game. He matched the school record of six touchdown passes twice and threw five three other times.

A native of Potomac, Md., Haskins redshirted at Ohio State in 2016 and backed up J.T. Barrett the following season before becoming the starter in 2018.

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Jan 16, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) warms up before an AFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers GM: Mason Rudolph starting QB if season started today

Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert let the cat out of the bag in regard to the team’s new starting quarterback.

Well, for now.

“If we started a season today, Mason (Rudolph) would be our starter,” Colbert said Monday, via ESPN. “He’s 5-4-1 as a starter. We’re excited to see what’s next for Mason.”

Colbert was giving the nod to Rudolph over pending restricted free agent Dwayne Haskins as the Steelers look for a replacement for Ben Roethlisberger, who retired after 18 seasons with the team.

Rudolph, 26, posted a 5-3 record in eight starts in 2019 when Roethlisberger was sidelined with an elbow injury. He threw for 1,765 yards with 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions that season.

Overall, Rudolph has thrown for 2,366 yards with 16 touchdowns and 11 picks in 17 career games (10 starts).

Haskins, 24, didn’t see any action for the Steelers this past season. He went 3-10 as a starter over the previous two campaigns for Washington before being released late in the 2020 season. He passed for 2,804 yards with 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

Colbert noted the Steelers are looking to add competition to their quarterback ranks, whether through free agency or the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft. The Steelers hold the 20th overall pick.

Roethlisberger completed 64.4 percent of his passes for 64,088 yards and 418 touchdowns in 249 career games, 247 of them starts for the Steelers. Roethlisberger was the 2004 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Colbert is stepping down as GM after the draft.

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Aug 21, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins (3) passes against the Detroit Lions during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 26-20. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Dwayne Haskins to start, gets final audition to make Steelers

Quarterback Dwayne Haskins will have one last audition to make the Pittsburgh Steelers when he gets the start in the team’s final preseason game.

Neither Ben Roethlisberger nor primary backup Mason Rudolph will play Friday against the Carolina Panthers. With the Panthers planning to play their starters, Haskins will get his first shot at a first-string defense this preseason.

“I’m just interested in seeing him play more,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Wednesday. “This process is fair in that everybody gets an opportunity to show their skillset, and we work hard to get to know them. He’s new to us, and so the additional reps and exposure is good for him and for us to get to know him.”

Josh Dobbs will get the call to replace Haskins against the Panthers.

Tomlin also said rookie running back Najee Harris will not play Friday night. Benny Snell will get the nod in his first preseason action.

Haskins signed a one-year deal with Pittsburgh in January after his release by the Washington Football Team in December 2020. He was taken No. 15 overall in the 2019 draft.

He has played in all three preseason games for Pittsburgh. His best showing came against Philadelphia as he went 16-for-22 for 161 passing yards and a touchdown.

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Jun 15, 2021; Pittsburgh, PA, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins (3) participates in drills during minicamp held at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Steelers QB Dwayne Haskins injured by wife

The wife of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins was arrested in Las Vegas and faces a domestic violence charge stemming from an alleged assault earlier this month, multiple media outlets reported.

Kalabrya Gondrezick-Haskins faces a felony charge of battery and domestic violence resulting in bodily harm.

Haskins sustained a split upper lip and lost at least part of a tooth after reportedly being punched in the face by Gondrezick-Haskins during the July 3 incident at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. Per KLAS and KTNV in Las Vegas, he was treated for injuries at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.

She is due in court on Aug. 3.

“We are aware of the situation but will have no comment,” the Steelers said Thursday.

Haskins, 24, signed a one-year deal with the Steelers in January after being released by the Washington Football Team the previous month. The former first-round pick (15th overall in 2019) is expected to compete for a backup job behind Ben Roethlisberger.

Haskins was 3-10 as a starter in Washington. His release came after an unmasked trip to a nightclub — a violation of the league’s COVID-19 protocol. In the wake of that incident, the team fined him $40,000 and stripped him of his captaincy.

Haskins has completed 60.1 percent (267 of 444) of his passes for 2,804 yards with 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 16 career games (13 starts).

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Dec 20, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. (7) passes the ball against the Seattle Seahawks at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Report: QB Dwayne Haskins visiting Steelers

Former Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins is visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, NFL Network reported.

Haskins, a first-round draft pick in 2019, was released by the Washington Football Team on Dec. 28. He reportedly also met with the Carolina Panthers earlier this month.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 3,803 yards with 33 touchdowns against 10 interceptions in 15 games this past season.

Roethlisberger, who turns 39 on March 2, said that he hasn’t made a decision about his future following Pittsburgh’s 48-37 loss to the Cleveland Browns in the AFC wild-card game on Jan. 10. Roethlisberger threw for 501 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions in that game.

Mason Rudolph remains under contract while fellow quarterback Josh Dobbs is set for free agency. Devlin “Duck” Hodges bid a public farewell over Twitter on Tuesday after his pact with the Steelers had expired.

Haskins’ release last month came after he posted a 3-10 record as a starter in Washington and followed an unmasked trip to a nightclub — a violation of the league’s COVID-19 protocol. In the wake of that incident, the team fined him $40,000 and he was stripped of his captaincy.

Haskins, 23, has completed 60.1 percent (267 of 444) of his passes for 2,804 yards with 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 16 career games (13 starts).

–Field Level Media