“I Feel Like I Could Have Changed the Outcome”: Steelers WR Chase Claypool Reflects Back on the Tragic Death of Quarterback Dwayne Haskins

Published 06/21/2022, 2:30 AM EDT
Dec 9, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool (11) celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports| Credits: Reuters

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins passed away a couple of months ago. His tragic death at such a young age shook the entire NFL World. His teammate and wide receiver, Chase Claypool, was the last person to meet him before his death, and this disheartened him.

He recently appeared on the ‘I AM Athlete’ podcast and discussed the death of Dwayne Haskins. He also speaks about how Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin handled the situation.

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Claypool said,I think coach’s biggest thing is he just didn’t talk about football at all, you know because, at the end of the day, it’s really not about football right? It’s about your brothers, your family, people you love. Um, he just told us to you know like never take anything for granted…”

He added, “Um… you know like I was with him, like yeah you know minutes before his seriously yeah so like man I feel like I failed him you know, um and I feel like I could have changed the outcome, and that’s why it was so heavy, it’s like, and I was close I’m I was a minute away from stopping it essentially from changing the outcome.”

Claypool further said, “But you can’t really beat yourself up on that but it’s tough when you know like damn if I was a minute quicker, yeah like because I went back to grab him, and uh he wasn’t there no more so I missed about like a minute I was gone for a minute came right back.”

Chase Claypool was quite emotional during this segment. He lost a friend who was just 24 years old in such a shocking manner. As stated by his head coach, Claypool learned to take nothing for granted in life.

Dwayne Haskins was a great quarterback at Ohio State

Dwayne Haskins played for Ohio State before entering the NFL. During the 2018 college season, Haskins led the Buckeyes to a record of 13-1. During the season, he threw for 4,831 yards, 50 TDs, and 8 INTs. Besides that, he rushed for 108 yards and had 4 TDs.

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It was Haskins who changed the culture in Ohio State. Justin Fields, now the Chicago Bears quarterback, joined the Buckeyes after Haskins got drafted into the NFL. Fields had two great seasons at Ohio State, and then he got drafted. 

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 07: Justin Fields #01 of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the field after winning the Big Ten Championship game over the Wisconsin Badgers at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 07, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

Currently, C.J. Stroud is the quarterback of Ohio State. He is also projected to be a top pick in next year’s draft. Ohio State is now continuously able to recruit good players into its program. It will be fair to say that Dwayne Haskins was the catalyst behind it. 

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Abhimanyu Chaudhary

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Abhimanyu Chaudhary is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration at Sharda University. Abhimanyu has been a life-long fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and Liverpool FC.

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