The NFL world and Washington Commanders community experienced an unspeakable tragedy over the offseason when former quarterback Dwayne Haskins was killed after he was struck by a vehicle on a South Florida highway.
Haskins was set to begin his third NFL season after he signed a one-year restricted free agent tender with the Pittsburgh Steelers in March. The Steelers signed him the previous offseason and head coach Mike Tomlin was seemingly keen on continuing to develop the former college sensation.
The Steelers’ quarterback room has since turned on its head.
Mitchell Trubisky is the starter after he signed a two-year deal in free agency, while highly touted No. 20 overall pick Kenny Pickett is the backup and Mason Rudolph, a longtime backup to Ben Roethlisberger, is the third-stringer.
It wasn’t long ago that Haskins was expected to be included in that QB room, but he’ll be on the minds of teammates and coaches all season.
A few days before their season-opener against Cincinnati, the Steelers announced they’ll wear helmet stickers of Haskins’ No. 3 all year.
The Commanders should follow the Steelers lead and honor late former quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
This is a tremendous touch of class by the Steelers and the Commanders should absolutely consider following their lead.
By no means are we condemning Washington for not taking matters into their own hands, but it’s admittedly a little unsettling that the team that drafted Haskins hasn’t (supposedly) planned anything to honor his memory.
Haskins spent two years with the Commanders and started 13 games (16 appearances altogether). The former Buckeye didn’t appear in a single game for the Steelers last year. While Pittsburgh was the last team he played for, his time in Washington was much more substantial than his time in the Steel City.
Is it too much to ask for a helmet decal or a No. 3 patch on the front of the new jerseys in remembrance of the late quarterback?
There’s still time for Washington president Jason Wright and Co. to come up with a similar gesture to that of the Steelers’. Again, Haskins’ only NFL action came with the Commanders. His first career win as a starter and only touchdown passes as a pro came with the Commanders. See what we’re saying?
If the Steelers made the decision to honor their former quarterback, it only seems right Washington does the same given his ties to the franchise.
Hoping there’s some action taken here.