The Florida Highway Patrol said a dump truck collided with him while he was trying to cross the west lane of Hoskins Interstate 595 near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Broward County. The incident was reported after 6.30 am, patrol personnel said.
At the time of the incident he was “walking (on the highway) for unknown reasons”, the patrol said in a news release.
News of Hoskins’ death attracted shocking reports from the league and beyond.
Mike Tomlin, head coach of the Steelers, said: “I’m so saddened by the passing of Twain Hoskins and I miss the words.
“When he came to Pittsburgh he became part of our Steelers family and was one of our hardest workers on the field and in our community,” says the Tomlin report. “Twain was a great teammate, but also a great friend to many. I’m really heartbroken.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Calabria and his entire family during this difficult time.”
‘I feel like I can be a starter in this league’
Hoskins rose to prominence in Ohio, where he set OSU and Big Ten conference records as Redshirt sophomores in 2018, including single-season passing yards (4,831), touchdown passes (50) and total attack yards (4,939).
“He came to work every day with a smile on his face and energy and love in his heart. I really enjoyed his passion and love for the game and wanted to learn and be the best he could be. His smile and passion for life will never be missed !,” Rothlisberger said. “I repeat like I said in your face, I still want to throw the ball like you,” he added.
Washington commanders, Ohio State and fellow soldiers expressed shock and condolences.
“His smile is contagious and a guy you want to be around,” Howard wrote. “We’ll all be shocked to lose him. We’m going to lose him too. We lost you so soon. Fortunately we had a chance to get to know you. RIP DH.”
Ron Rivera, Hoskins’ second head coach in Washington, D.C., said on Saturday he was “completely heartbroken” to hear of his former player’s death.
“Twain’s loss is beyond tragedy and very difficult to process. To those who knew him intimately, he was more than a great footballer. He had a giant heart, an aging soul and an infectious smile,” Day tweeted.
The Ohio State Department of Athletics issued a statement saying, “I am deeply saddened to learn that Twain Hoskins died on Saturday morning.”
“We remember the entire Hoskins family at this difficult time. Our prayers are with the family and his current and former teammates, coaches, friends and relatives,” the statement said.