The Washington Commanders community and NFL world continue to reckon with the tragic passing of former quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who was struck and killed by a dump truck on a South Florida highway this past Saturday.
As someone who radiated positivity and spread love and happiness to every individual he encountered along his football journey, Haskins’ passing was met with hundreds (if not more) of fans, media members, teammates and current and former players taking to social media to share their heartbreak.
On Tuesday, mourners got to pay their respects in person as Ohio State held a candlelight vigil for Haskins outside of Ohio Stadium.
A number of current Ohio State players and Haskins’ former Buckeye teammates attended the service, including wideouts Chris Fields and Chris Olave, quarterback Cardale Jones, running back Master Teague and cornerback Sevyn Banks.
This photo from the vigil, in particular, is quite beautiful.
Ohio State held a candlelight vigil for former Washington Commanders quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
Teague, Jones and Fields all delivered heartfelt speeches to the crowd. Their respective remembrances were followed by seven minutes of silence to honor Haskins’ No. 7; a number that will live on forever in the hearts of Buckeyes fans.
Teague, who was Haskins’ teammate during his groundbreaking 2018 season, was the first of Haskins’ former teammates to address the crowd. The former four-star recruit opened the service with a prayer for the Haskins family.
Next up was Jones, whose Ohio State career spanned 2013-2015, so he and Haskins never crossed paths in Columbus.
However, the two QBs first met before Haskins committed to the Buckeyes and that was enough for Jones to grasp Haskins’ humility. In addition to praising Haskins’ selflessness, Jones criticized the media members — likely Adam Schefter and Gil Brandt — who made regrettable comments in the wake of Haskins’ passing.
In one of the more gut-wrenching moments of the vigil, former Ohio State receiver Chris Fields, another former Buckeye who was close with Haskins despite never sharing the field with him, held back tears while delivering his speech.
Just heart-rending in every sense of the word.
It’s unclear whether Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day was able to attend the vigil, but he paid homage to Haskins by praising his character and what he meant to the program during his Monday press conference.
"“He was 11 years old walking through this facility and said ‘this is what I’m gonna do’ and then did it,” Day said. “I think that’s the legacy he’s going to leave behind to so many of these other younger people across the country. That you can set a dream, a goal and go achieve it. He did it and then, really, broke a lot of records that year in 2018.”"
Day also revealed that OSU will pay tribute to Haskins with a video and moment of silence during Saturday’s spring game. Details are still being determined, but the plan is to honor Haskins before, during and after the exhibition.
Around that same time, a memorial for Haskins will take place at Christ Church in Rockaway Township, New Jersey from 12 to 3 p.m. ET. On Sunday, another service will be held at Bullis School in Potomac, MD., where Haskins attended high school.
We continue to send our thoughts and prayers to Haskins’ family, friends and loved ones during this difficult time.