Turning 23 on Sunday, Dwayne Haskins probably received some pretty good birthday gifts. However, if anyone was thinking of getting him a mural featuring him and Tom Brady, they were too late.
That is because Haskins already has that image painted on a wall in his house. He quote tweeted a picture of the mural shared on the Sunday Night Football official account on Sunday, a painting of a picture of Haskins and Brady taken after Washington's 2019 matchup with the Patriots. He made the moment into a mural for his home so that he could remember it forever.
Though Haskins did not play a snap in the game and the Redskins lost 33-7, the chance to meet and talk with Brady was clearly a big opportunity for the then-rookie. When Brady took over as New England's starting quarterback in 2001, Haskins was just four years old. So, during his entire path to the NFL, Haskins has been able to watch the veteran quarterback dominate and become arguably the best to ever play the position.
Now, Haskins has a special way to remember and cherish that moment. The mural can also act as motivation as Haskins, like every other quarterback to take the field, hopes to someday make an impact on the game the way Brady did.
Entering his age-23 season as the Redskins presumed starter, Haskins is not far off from where Brady was at the same time in his career. In fact, he is a little ahead. At 23, Brady was a rookie who would not get an opportunity to start until the following year.
Almost 20 years later, he's the most successful quarterback in NFL history. Haskins will get to begin his "Jordan Year" as the team's starter with several starts already under his belt. It certainly doesn't mean that Haskins will ever do what Brady did, but at this point in his career, he's not far off from where other great quarterbacks were. There was no way to tell at 23 what most of these quarterbacks would become, including Brady, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers.
For now, the piece of art in Haskins' house can be looked at as the moment a young passer in the league had the chance to meet one of the greatest. Redskins fans hope that down the line the painting captured a potential passing of the torch from Brady to one of the NFL's next generation of quarterbacks.
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