One of the biggest controversies to come out of the 2019 NFL Draft was the New York Giant’s # 6 pick in the first round for Duke quarterback Daniel Jones over Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins. The sports world took aim at the league for the next three days citing bias, dissecting Jones’ stats against Haskins and calling on the league to make changes. Haskins was inadvertently thrown into the cluster when an ESPN reporter asked this question:
“Dwayne, congratulations on being chosen by the Redskins. I know you waited longer than you would have liked, but what does this moment feel like compared to your expectations?”
He paused, “To be honest, I’m more motivated than ever. There’s a bigger chip on my shoulder. The league done messed up. I’m just blessed by God, blessed by my family. I’m just right down the street so we’re going to do it right this time.”
Haskins would go on to talk about family being everything and their close proximity to his new team. As the days passed, what was clear for those following the story, Haskins actually wanted The Redskins.
Which brings us to our Scrappyism: “Things don’t happen to you, they happen for you.”
Yes, based on stats, Haskins clearly outdid Jones. According to ESPN’s profile of Haskins, he had a record-setting sophomore season, claimed single season records at Ohio State and in the Big Ten and led his team to the 2018 Big Ten Championship over Northwestern.
Stats and victories are personal achievements and if anyone in this world believes they are entitled to something because of them, they will be disappointed every time. In fact, what would life be if we could predict the future simply by fulfilling a checklist. It’s the unpredictability, the challenges, the successes and defeats that make for a rich and fulfilling journey.
Still, Haskin’s comment hit a chord with some, launching his now quoteable response, “The league done messed up,” into a t-shirt. The tee can be found at Hogshaven.com, A Washington Redskins Community page.
The life of the custom t-shirt might be short-lived. Legendary Redskins’ Quarterback Joe Theismann just gave Haskins permission to wear number 7.
Congrats to this remarkable young man and all who aspire to high goals.