Apr 25, 2022
POTOMAC, Md. — After a home-going celebration in his native New Jersey and a memorial service in his most recent home city of Pittsburgh, the family, friends and fans of Dwayne Haskins Jr. gathered Sunday evening outside of Washington, D.C., his teenage stomping grounds, and paid their final respects to the former NFL quarterback.
Two weeks ago, the 24-year-old Haskins died in South Florida after a dump truck struck him in the early morning hours of April 9 as Haskins tried to cross a highway on foot after running out of gas. Haskins had spent the days leading up to his death training with Pittsburgh Steelers teammates, hoping to position himself to compete for the starting quarterback job.
A potential-filled life snuffed out far too early. A son, brother and friend lost well before his time.
The Bullis High School football stadium served as the backdrop for Haskins’ final celebration of life.
At the 50-yard line of the same field where Haskins shined from 2013-16, passing for 54 touchdowns and 5,308 yards while earning 42 scholarship offers, groundskeepers had painted a giant "7" — the number the quarterback wore for the majority of his youth, high school, college and professional career. From one 40-yard line to the other, stretched easels bearing framed jerseys — one from a high school all-star game, another from Haskins’ Bullis days, a third from Ohio State and a fourth from Haskins’ time with the Washington Commanders — and poster-sized photographs and paintings of Haskins in game action. At the center of the arrangement sat a navy and yellow Bullis helmet encircled by candles.
Source: Yahoo Sports (Photo by: USA Today)