Daily Distraction: TBDBITL member pays tribute to Dwayne Haskins

Dan Hope captured a moving moment at the makeshift memorial to former Ohio State QB Dwyane Haskins

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
Mary Ellen Curzon-Price of Columbus left the football at far right, roses, and other items at a makeshift memorial to former Ohio State quarterback and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr., 24, who died after being struck by a dump truck while trying to cross I-595 in Florida. She left the items at Ohio Stadium on Sunday, April 10, 2022.

Words of grief and remembrance have poured out following news of the death of beloved former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who died Saturday morning after being struck by a dump truck while crossing I-595 in Florida. He was 24.

Fans have begun leaving tribute items at a makeshift memorial for Haskins just outside the gates of Ohio Stadium. Dan Hope, deputy editor and lead Ohio State football beat writer at Eleven Warriors, also captured a moving moment on the evening of Saturday, April 9, when an Ohio State band member he identified as Adam Whitman played the violin at Haskins' memorial. Watch the video below, courtesy of Hope.

Over the weekend, Hope also wrote about the legacy Haskins left behind at Ohio State's football program, breaking multiple single-season passing records and helping OSU become a destination for elite quarterbacks. While the Buckeyes have quite a few legendary alumni QBs, "none of them ever picked defenses apart the way Haskins did with his arm in 2018, when he threw for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns, shattering the previous school records of 3,330 passing yards (Joe Germaine in 1998) and 35 touchdown passes (Barrett in 2017)," Hope writes. "At a school where a quarterback had previously topped 400 passing yards in a single game only once (Art Schlichter in 1981), Haskins did it five times in 2018 alone."