Canadian receiver Chase Claypool shared an emotional video on Twitter Saturday night, mourning the death of Pittsburgh Steelers teammate Dwayne Haskins and revealing that he’d been with the quarterback in his “final moments.”
“A moment of vulnerability. The moment I realized I had lost a brother,” Claypool wrote in an accompanying tweet. “We are placed on this undesirable pedestal and become treated as if we are anything but human, but it’s okay to not be okay. Allow me to be the example. Love you, 3.”
In his video, a tearful Claypool can be heard saying “Dwayne, I was just with you, man. And I love you, brother.”
-A moment of vulnerability-
The moment I realized I had lost a brother.
We are placed on this undesirable pedestal and become treated as if we are anything but human, but It’s okay to not be okay. Allow me to be the example. Love you, 3 🤍🕊 https://t.co/3ZGehDX49H pic.twitter.com/cIUHCiPM21
— Chase Claypool (@ChaseClaypool) April 9, 2022
Haskins, a former first-round NFL Draft pick out of Ohio State University, was struck and killed by a dump truck while trying to cross a highway near the Fort Lauderdale airport on Saturday morning. He was just 24 years old.
The quarterback had been in South Florida to participate in offseason training sessions organized by new Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky. The Abbotsford-raised Claypool was among those attending the team bonding events and shared in an earlier tweet that he had been with Haskins shortly before his death.
“I spent your final moments with you and I can’t help but think about how selfless you were in those moments,” Claypool wrote. “All you cared about was making sure that everyone around you was okay and I can’t thank you enough for that. You are what I strive to be.”
Haskins tragic death sent shockwaves across the NFL, but appears to have hit the league’s brightest Canadian star particularly hard. The pair spent the entire 2021 season together in Pittsburgh where Haskins served as the third-string quarterback behind Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph.