Steelers honor late QB Dwayne Haskins with special helmet decal

The Pittsburgh Steelers will honor late quarterback Dwayne Haskins with a No. 3 helmet decal this season.

"We want to recognize Dwayne any way possible and every game this year ... ," running back Najee Harris said via Steelers.com. "Putting the three on the back of the helmets is one of them."

Harris, a team captain, had conversations with Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, which led to the team coming up with the special tribute for Haskins, who died in April.

The Steelers signed Haskins as a free agent after two seasons with the Washington Commanders. The 2019 first-round pick totaled 2,804 passing yards and 12 touchdowns in 16 career games.

The former Ohio State quarterback spent the 2021 season with the Steelers. He died while attempting to cross lanes on Interstate 595 near Fort Lauderdale, FL. According to local authorities, Haskins was struck by a dump truck after pulling over in search of a gas station.

A toxicology report, released by the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office, found that Haskins was intoxicated during the accident. He had a blood-alcohol concentration of at least 0.20% at the time of his autopsy, more than double the legal limit of .08% in Florida.

Several teammates and close friends shared an outpouring of love after Haskins' death. At his alma mater, Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud wore Haskins' jersey during the Buckeyes spring game and led the offense to the end zone.

"I thought it would be important for him to go out the right way," Stroud said. "So, I’m glad his last play at the ‘Shoe was a touchdown. I’m excited for that."

Quarterback Dwayne Haskins is competing to be Ben Roethlisberger's backup in Pittsburgh.
Quarterback Dwayne Haskins is competing to be Ben Roethlisberger's backup in Pittsburgh.

The Steelers face the Cincinnati Bengals in an AFC North battle to start their season Sunday at 1 p.m. ET in Cincinnati. Pittsburgh kicks off the season with Haskins on their mind and helmets.

"It’s heartbreaking," Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky told USA TODAY Sports in May. "I think about him every day. I only knew him for a short time, but he definitely left an impact on my life the short time that I knew him. I think about him every day, when I wake up, step on the field, all those things. He’s in our hearts, and all we can do is honor him every day in how we live our lives."

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Steelers to wear No. 3 helmet sticker in remembrance of Dwayne Haskins