Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell pays tribute to Dwayne Haskins

The sports world is mourning the untimely and tragic death of NFL quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Players and former coaches come out and share their condolences for the former Ohio State star, who was less than a month away from his 25th birthday.

Minnesota Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell served as Haskins’ first offensive coordinator when he was drafted by the Washington Commanders with the 15th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The two spent an entire season together before O’Connell took over as offensive coordinator with the Los Angeles Rams. But even during his short time with Haskins, the young quarterback obviously made a lasting impression.

“I find it hard to find the words to express how overwhelming this news is today,” O’Connell said on social media on Saturday. “Dwayne had such a positive energetic outlook on life and always treated people with genuine kindness. So talented and with so much positive ahead of him in his life. Thoughts and prayers to the Haskins family.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Haskins died Saturday morning after being hit by a vehicle while training in South Florida.

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