Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins had his first victory NFL victory this Sunday. However, he missed the final play of the game because he was busy taking selfies with fans in the stands.
Haskins completed 13 of 29 passes for 156 yards in his third NFL start and lead the team to a go-ahead field goal with 16 seconds left. After this, an interception by Washington ensured the victory for the team. However, Haskins misjudged the time on the clock. There were a few seconds till the end of the game and the coaches were looking for him for a kneel-down. He was already out of the field, taking selfies with overjoyed fans, so backup quarterback Case Keenum had to take the final snap.
Dwayne Haskins takes a selfie with fans while Case Keenum has to do the victory formation pic.twitter.com/Y76AL2cquF
— CJ Fogler (@cjzer0) November 24, 2019
Fellow sportsmen see Haskins’ move as unprofessional and they’re not amused at all. Former Washington quarterback Joe Theismann said that what Haskins did was “unprofessional and wrong.” Washington interim coach Bill Callahan said that he was happy that his team won, but not happy with his quarterback’s behavior. “We’ll address that,” he told The Washington Post.
How do miss the last snap of a game because ur taking selfies. That’s unprofessional & wrong.
— Joe Theismann (@Theismann7) November 24, 2019
On the other hand, most fans seem willing to cut Haskins some slack. “No harm, no foul,” one tweet reads as a comment on Haskins’ selfies. “He is 22, a little immature, sure but it’s his first NFL win,” writes another Twitter user. There are a few negative comments, but most fans believe that he was simply overjoyed, plus he is very young and this is his first victory.
I love it ! He is a young man and was excited AND he was with the Fans. How often do we dog players for not being accessible. It did not cost the game or points or anything. This is AWESOME !
— Fintech Dion Doing Fintech Things (@dionlisle) November 25, 2019
Haskins himself explains that he indeed was overexcited and thought that the game was over. “I was so hype, I broke a water bottle,” he told reporters as The New York Post writes. “I look up and we’re in victory. I thought the game was over with already, but I’ll get it next time.”
In terms of sports and dedication to the team, I also tend to see Haskins’ move as immature. I mean, missing the final play for selfies? But on the other hand, the young quarterback is just a human being, he was ecstatic over his first NFL victory, and the clock did show 00:00. Plus, there was no harm for the team, so the coach should probably let this one slip. But still, Haskins should use this incident to remember that the game always comes before selfies.