Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool posted a tribute to Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins on Twitter Saturday, hours after Haskins’ death Saturday morning after being involved in a car accident.
“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.”
In addition to the written statement, Claypool also posted a video of vulnerability showcasing the moments after he found out that Haskins had died.
“A moment of vulnerability,” Claypool posted. “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.”
-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
“Dwayne, I was just with you, man,” Claypool said in the video. “And I love you, brother.”
Claypool noted that he and Haskins had seen each other not too long before the fatal accident occurred on Saturday morning. They were together in Florida on an invitation from new quarterback Mitch Trubisky to bond and foster team chemistry.
Claypool and Haskins worked together for one season in Pittsburgh after the Steelers signed Haskins in January 2021. It’s clear that Haskins, though not an integral part of the team in 2021, had significantly bonded with his teammates during his time in Pittsburgh, and has been mourned by many more than just Claypool.