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MIKE ROSENSTEIN
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Hall Of Fame inductee Gil Brandt, left, looks on after being presented with his HOF ring by Dallas Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones during a half time ceremony during an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
FILE - Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins plays against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. Haskins was killed in an auto accident Saturday, April 9, 2022, in Florida. Haskins' death was confirmed by the Steelers. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman, File)

Pro Football Hall of Famer Gil Brandt tweeted an apology for the insensitive comments he made following the death Saturday of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

“(Saturday) while learning of Dwayne Haskins’ passing, I reacted carelessly and insensitively on a radio interview. I want to apologize to Mr. Haskins’ family and anyone who heard my poor choice of words. I truly apologize. My heart goes out to his family at this difficult time.”

Haskins died early Saturday after being hit by a dump truck while walking across a Florida interstate. After the news broke, the 90-year-old Brandt landed in hot water for his hot take on NFL Radio. Per the Dallas Morning News:

“I hate any time anybody is killed or anybody dies. But he was a guy that was living to be dead, so to speak,” Brandt said. “They told him don’t under any circumstances leave school early. You just don’t have the work habits, you don’t have this, you don’t have that. What did he do? Left school early ... Any time anybody dies, it’s tragic, especially when you’re 24 years old and you’ve got your whole life ahead of you. Maybe if he stayed in school a year he wouldn’t do silly things.”

Investigators haven’t said why Haskins, a former Ohio State star quarterback who was born in Highland Park, N.J., and raised in Middlesex County, was walking on the highway.

The 24-year-old Haskins was the No. 15 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He played a pair of turbulent seasons with the Washington Redskins before moving on to the Steelers last year, where he backed up future Hall of Ben Roethlisberger.

Brandt was enshrined in Canton, Ohio in 2019 as a contributor, thanks in part to his 29-year career with the Dallas Cowboys (1960-1988). Brandt is currently listed as a senior analyst for NFL.com.