Ahead of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ first gave of the 2022 season, the team announced their plan to honor their late quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
At the age of 24, NFL quarterback Dwayne Haskins was reportedly walking alongside a Southern Florida highway early in the morning when he was struck and killed by a dump truck. “He was attempting to cross the westbound lanes of Interstate 595 when there was oncoming traffic,” Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson Lt. Indiana Miranda announced.
“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,” the Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement at the time of Haskins death in April.
He added the sentiments, “I am truly heartbroken. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Kalabrya, and his entire family during this difficult time.”
Pittsburgh Steelers announce their plan to honor Dwayne Haskins
Following the major loss, the team has curated a way to pay tribute to their late quarterback through the use of Haskin’s iconic No. 3. Prior to their season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Steelers shared that the players will be pasting a No. 3 decal on their helmets in order to honor the quarterback.
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“The #Steelers will honor their late teammate, Dwayne Haskins, by wearing a ‘3’ sticker on their helmets throughout the year,” Steelers Senior Director of Communications Burt Lauten said on social media.
Alongside his teammates, Haskin’s wife Kalabrya has been open about her grief since his death. “Your light was so bright, words can’t begin to explain … How proud I am of the man you became,” she wrote on Instagram on what would have been her husband’s 25th birthday. “Humbled to experience the angel Heaven just gained. My twin flame. I vow to always honor your name. Until we unite after this life again, Your soulmate, lover, & best friend.”
In her tribute post, she included an emotional message sent by Haskins the day before his death. “You have made me feel so empowered so special and I hope I make you feel the same way,” he wrote to his wife. “I have a new confidence now because of the love you give me. I love every second I get to spend with you.”
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