The death of Dwayne Haskins has hit the world of football hard. But for Pittsburgh Steelers, it also hit home. Chase Claypool was one of the last people to see Haskins, and that made it even more difficult to mourn his death. Claypool talked about it in the podcast I Am Athlete, joining Brandon Marshall, Pacman Jones and Marshawn Lynch to talk about Haskins’ life and his untimely death.
“I think I’ve let him down,” Claypool told the boys. “I think I could have changed the result and that’s why it was so hard. I was close. I was a minute away from stopping it. Changing the result.”
Claypool, Haskins and other Steelers teammates joined Mitch Trubisky at his Florida house to train out of season. For Trubisky, this was a chance to get to know his new teammates. Although Trubisky’s signing threatened Haskins on the list, he still accepted the offer to train and get better. Haskins was killed when he was allegedly on his way to the airport after his car ran out of gas, causing Haskins to cross the highway. He was hit by a dump truck and killed. Haskins was only 24 years old.
“I think of him every day. I only knew him for a little over a year. Obviously a cliché, you’ll never know how much someone means to you until he’s gone. But being with him in his last moments and seeing who he is as a person is just like in its purest form, it’s hard when you’re there.
Immediately after his death, Claypool chirped an emotional video of him in Haskins, showing the vulnerable side of athletes not normally seen by the public.
The moment I realized I had lost my brother.
We are placed on this unwanted pedestal and we are treated as if we are anything but human, but that’s okay if we’re not okay. Let me set an example. I love you, 3 🤍🕊 https://t.co/3ZGehDX49H pic.twitter.com/cIUHCiPM21
– Chase Claypool (@ChaseClaypool) April 9, 2022
During the podcast, he briefly explained why he decided to post the video.
“I know this video is coming. People are going to clone me. But if I could have helped one person through the tragedy, save a life, or let someone turn to me and I could just talk to him, I’m cool.
Claypool said he was also motivated to post the video after the personal tragedy he was dealing with. His younger sister Ashley died when Claypool was a teenager and a message is tattooed on his hand to remember him, ending with the words “until we meet again”.
Pittsburgh has done his best to honor Haskins at his post-death memorial service with great participation. The Steelers have dealt with too much tragedy in recent years. Tunch Ilkin loses battle with ALS, Darryl Drake’s death in 2019, Stephon Tuitt’s brother killed in a blow last summer, Ryan Shazier’s life-threatening spinal cord injury that ended his football career. It’s hard to wear and head coach Mike Tomlin has been there for it all. Claypool delivered a message that Tomlin sent after Haskins’ death.
“I think the coach’s biggest thing is that he just didn’t talk about football at all. It’s not about football after all, is it? It’s about your brothers, your family, the people you love. He just said never take anything. taken for granted, especially as far as life is concerned.
Tomlin has been and will remain number one on the team, especially during the break, which has changed so much. If there is a coach who can overcome the team’s difficult moments and 2022 is challenging for a number of reasons, it’s Tomlin.
Future deeds speak more than words, but Claypool seems more mature than a year ago. Growing up in difficult and unimaginable circumstances, Claypool has consistently shown that he is a better and more vocal leader this season. The Pittsburgh attack could use all the help they can get from this department. And a more mature Claypool can improve his playground. In personal terms, 2022 is a big year for him.
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