Dwayne Haskins is a sad story of what might have been.

One doesn’t often associate the poet John Greenleaf Whittier or his poem “Maud Miller” with life in the National Football League but today it seems sadly appropriate.

Whittier knew nothing about football but much about the regrets of lost opportunity and perhaps never expressed them better than in that 1856 poem in which he wrote:

“For all sad words of tongue or pen.

“The saddest of these,” It might have been! “

We will never know what Dwayne Haskins might have been. All we know is he lost his life at the age of 24 this past weekend, crushed by a dump truck as he tried to run across a south Florida highway for reasons known only to himself.

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