Footage of young Dwayne Haskins predicting Ohio State future is heartbreaking
By Jerry Trotta
The NFL world is currently mourning the loss of Dwayne Haskins, who was tragically killed on Saturday after he was hit by an oncoming dump drunk while attempting to cross a South Florida highway.
After agreeing to return to the Steelers this offseason, Haskins was training with teammates to prepare for what was going to be a huge offseason. The former Washington quarterback made a strong impression on Mike Tomlin last year and was seemingly in line to compete for the backup job behind Mitchell Trubisky.
Though Haskins’ NFL career had a different trajectory than what most expected after he set the country ablaze at Ohio State, the former Buckeyes superstar always knew he was going to play on one of college football’s biggest stages.
Shortly after he passed, footage of a young Haskins touring Ohio State’s campus made the rounds on Twitter. In the video, Haskins, dressed like he was about to take the field for the Buckeyes, can be heard predicting his college future.
Former Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins predicted he’d attend Ohio State when he was just a little kid.
This footage is absolutely heartbreaking. In another sense, though, it’s oddly satisfying knowing Haskins was spot-on in his prediction.
We won’t pretend that we followed Haskins’ career every step of the way before he starred for the Buckeyes, but we can appreciate how much work he put in to meet his goals. And the fact he had lofty ambitions at such a young age just speaks to his character. He demanded greatness and worked tirelessly to make it happen.
When all was said and done, Haskins solidified himself as a Buckeyes legend. Sure, he never brought a national championship to Columbus, but that takes nothing away from what he accomplished as Ohio State’s quarterback.
The craziest part? Haskins built a legacy in just one full season as the starter after beating out Joe Burrow to be the starter in 2018. That season (14 games), he threw for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns to eight interceptions and led the Buckeyes to a 13-1 record, and victories in the Big Ten Championship and Rose Bowl.
After winning the Rose Bowl, Haskins declared for the 2019 NFL Draft, where he was drafted No. 15 overall by the now-Washington Commanders.
While he didn’t quite replicate his college success in the NFL, the fact Haskins predicted his OSU future and went on to become one of the most successful QBs in the program’s illustrious history is nothing short of mesmerizing.
At the same time, it makes his passing even more tragic. Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to Haskins’ loved ones.