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Dwayne Haskins steps up with halftime speech and ‘put everyone on his back’

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FEDEX FIELD — Dwayne Haskins challenged himself to be a better leader this season, and at halftime of the first game he decided to live up to the challenge.

Ron Rivera revealed that it was Haskins who spoke to the Washington Football Team at halftime, and it was Haskins who demanded a better effort from his teammates in the second half.

“Apparently Dwayne stepped up and it was a pretty raucous one from what I heard,” Rivera said of Haskins’ speech.

Raucous indeed.

Rivera wasn't there for the speech, because the head coach was receiving an IV. The head coach was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, a cancer, last month and underwent treatment this past week.

Haskins got voted a team captain this season after an impressive offseason where he lost weight and locked in the new offensive system. Against Philadelphia, Haskins wasn’t great, but he was good when he needed to be. And more importantly he didn’t turn the ball over.

For his teammates it was clear Haskins leadership mattered.

“He just basically got everybody riled up and put everyone on his back,” cornerback Fabian Moreau said after the game. “Like a leader, he stepped up and gave a speech and everyone felt it, it was strong and it helped us.”

A wild comeback win and the quarterback put everyone on his back.

Great words to hear for Washington fans.