The Washington Football Team's release of Dwayne Haskins on Monday wasn't much of a surprise, but it nonetheless has put the 23-year-old through the ringer, he revealed in an emotional interview with WUSA 9 DC.
"It was just a lot of emotions," Haskins told the television station when asked about his reaction to being waived. "Really just disappointed and sad. Thankful for the opportunity Washington has given me."
Haskins described his gratitude for the chance the organization gave him to be a NFL quarterback and return to his home area.
"It's been a long week," the quarterback added. "Hardest week, worst week of my life. All good things come to an end eventually."
Haskins said he wants to learn from mistakes and earn another NFL opportunity, and hopes a change of scenery will help. Asked what he learned from his decisions, Haskins said: "I have no doubt I can overcome this, that I can grow, that I can be a better person, better athlete, better quarterback, better leader because of this."
Despite an unfortunate first two professional seasons, Haskins' love for the game hasn't diminished, he said. The Ohio State Buckeyes product still finds joy in winning, throwing touchdown passes and the "brotherhood atmosphere," he said. He also apologized for letting his teammates down.
"I'm going to use that as motivation going forward," he said. "People always see the success, but they don't see the failures, they don't see the highs and lows of the game. I've been through a lot with this, but I've never let the love of the game leave my mind or my heart."
Haskins could be claimed by another NFL team as early as Tuesday afternoon.
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