Dwayne Haskins Jr.: The Future King

Dwayne Haskins Jr.: The Future King

Ever since Dwayne Haskins was young, he’s been compared to a lion. Originally, he was given the nickname “Simba” because of his obsession with The Lion King movie and a large afro that reminded his aunt of a lion’s mane. Today, he resembles the animal associated with royalty because of his play on the football field and his mindset off of it. Eastbay got a chance to sit down with the rookie quarterback and chat about some of his lion-like characteristics and the hype around possibly becoming the future king of Washington.

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Patient

Much like a lion stalking, waiting, and game-planning on a hunt, Haskins is patient and calculated. During his first two seasons at Ohio State, Haskins spent most of his time watching his team from the sideline. He redshirted in 2016 and spent 2017 serving as the backup quarterback to proven starter J.T. Barrett.

“It wasn’t necessarily frustrating not playing right away, it was more of a learning experience,” Haskins said. “I stayed longer after practice to get extra throws in. I lifted more than I needed to be ready physically. Everything was calculated down to the smallest detail.”

Haskins now finds himself in a familiar scenario at the professional level. After being selected as the No. 15 pick in the draft, Haskins has entered a heated battle for Washington’s starting quarterback position. Competing against veterans Colt McCoy and Case Keenum, Haskins has embraced the same mindset that he adopted in college.

“I’m in a similar situation now that I’m here in Washington,” Haskins said. “I’m going to have to earn my spot by proving myself every day as a leader, quarterback, and a football player. That’s going to take time, but I’m coming in ready to learn, willing to work hard, and do everything I can to be the best quarterback I can be.”

Fierce

Although Haskins trusts the process of waiting his turn, that doesn’t mean he’s complacent. In fact, he’s proven time and time again that when given the opportunity to perform, he’s quite dangerous on the football field.

Haskins’ first opportunity to display his lion-like, competitive fierceness came when Barrett exited Ohio State’s final 2017 regular season game with a knee injury. Haskins entered the game without missing a beat. He led his team into the end zone on the very first drive and eventually completed a 31-20 comeback victory on the road against their bitter rival Michigan.

“That was the most memorable moment in my college career,” Haskins said about his performance that day. “It was my first time playing in a big-time atmosphere, and I helped my team come back and win that game.”

The very next season, Haskins won the starting quarterback job and tore the college football landscape apart by compiling 4,831 passing yards and 50 touchdowns against only eight interceptions. In just one year, he had become a superstar and a leader at one of the most prestigious football programs in the country.

“You have to be a leader when playing quarterback. Just like a lion has to be the leader of the pride,” Haskins said. “If a lion doesn’t attack, then he doesn’t eat. And you best believe I’m going to eat.”

Confident

Haskins also displays the same fierceness when his talents are doubted. After he was selected behind fellow quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Daniel Jones in the draft, Haskins was excited to join Washington but also vocal about the teams that passed him up. At his draft day party, he told ESPN, “The league done messed up.”

“I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder from the day I started playing football,” Haskins said when asked about the viral quote. “I was never the guy that had all the respect, but I just keep persevering. To still not be respected as much as I think I should be drives me every day. It makes me work harder, makes me take that extra rep at practice, and just motivates me daily.”

Now that his “Simba” moniker has evolved into a homage to becoming a king in the NFL, Haskins has the chance to become iconic. So, it was only fitting when he signed on to become a part of the Jordan Brand family, known for partnering with some of the most influential athletes in the world.

“I’m blessed for the opportunity to be a part of the Jordan Brand because it’s a very select group,” Haskins said. “And of course, Michael Jordan is the best basketball player ever, and I want to be the best football player ever.”

To shop the Jordan gear Haskins uses to stand out on the field, visit eastbay.com.

2.21 Release Report: Jordan Retro 1 ‘Re2pect’, Girls’ Retro 13, And Two New Signatures

2.21 Release Report: Jordan Retro 1 ‘Re2pect’, Girls’ Retro 13, And Two New Signatures

Each week, we’ll showcase the most popular upcoming shoe drops. We’ll give you the lowdown on the prices and sizes, break down the history of each shoe, and fill you in on the newest tech features. Check back every week for the hottest shoe drops. If it’s hyped, it’s here. You can check out the full list of releases on Eastbay’s Release Calendar. Here’s what you have to look forward to this week:

JORDAN RETRO 1 HI FLYKNIT ‘RE2PECT’ – FEB. 23 AT 10 AM ET

2.21 Jordan Retro 1 'Re2pect'

Derek Jeter may have retired, but his impact in the sports world will be felt for decades to come. His prescence in the sneaker game is staying strong, too, thanks to these special Retro 1 Flyknit kicks. As part of Jordan’s ongoing ‘Re2pect’ campaign, this modern take on the timeless shoe features a navy and cream colorway inspired by his New York team and gold trim along the Wings logo and tongue tag. Jeter’s ‘The Captain’ nickname can be seen through the blue translucent outsole. It’s a look that is truly fit for one of the greatest athletes of all time. Men’s $180.00

GIRLS’ JORDAN RETRO 13 – FEB. 24 AT 10 AM ET

2.21 Girls Jordan Retro 13

From its gum rubber outsole to its black suede overlay to its white leather base, this Jordan Retro 13 is a treat built exclusively for female Jordan fans. This simple color scheme gives the shoe a classy, luxurious look which is topped off with gold accents along the tongue logo. It’s clean, it’s cool, and it’s certain to be in your sneaker rotation for a long time. Girls’ $140.00.

JORDAN WHY NOT ZERO. 1 – FEB. 25 AT 10 AM ET

2.21 Jordan Why Not

Take a quick look at the latest colorway of Russell Westbrook’s signature Why Not shoes and you might assume that the inspiration comes from the team he leads in OKC. But this also pays homage to Russ’ past and the hard work that helped him get to where he is today. His father would put him through challenging practice sessions, spending late night after late night on his jump shot. Those long hours have obviously paid off and helped make him into the superstar that he is today. Men’s $125.00. Boys’ $95.00.

NIKE PG 2 – FEB. 24 AT 10 AM ET

2.21 Nike PG 2

Westbrook isn’t the only one in Oklahoma City with his own signature shoe — Paul George has his own line with Nike as well. The PG 1s were a big hit and if the early reviews are any indication, Nike struck gold with the PG 2s as well. You can try out the forward’s latest model for yourself with this new colorway that is dropping this Saturday. His new team’s navy and orange colors are featured throughout and also serve as a great way to highlight all of the shoe’s new features. What’s your favorite part – the Flywire cables in the forefoot, the upgraded Zoom unit, the all-new dynamic wings? Let us know in the comments and make sure to pick up your own pair. Men’s $110.00. Boys’ $90.00.

1.10 Release Report: A new Jordan Retro 1 OG. Fresh Women’s SF AF 1s. Take your pick.

1.10 Release Report: A new Jordan Retro 1 OG. Fresh Women’s SF AF 1s. Take your pick.

Each week, we’ll showcase the most popular upcoming shoe drops. We’ll give you the lowdown on the prices and sizes, break down the history of each shoe, and fill you in on the newest tech features. Check back every week for the hottest shoe drops. If it’s hyped, it’s here. You can check out the full list of releases on Eastbay’s Release Calendar. Here’s what you have to look forward to this week:

JORDAN RETRO 1 HIGH OG – JAN. 10 AT 10 AM ET

1.10 Release Report Jordan Retro 1 1 OG Story

This February, the greatest basketball players in the world will face off in Los Angeles for the 2018 All-Star Game. But before the opening tip, you can get ready by grabbing these special Jordan Retro 1 High OGs inspired by the City of Flight. The black premium leather upper and metallic gold accents give these kicks a first-class look, but the real MVP of this shoe is the insole which features a map of LA. Men’s $160.00. Boys’ $120.00.

NIKE WOMEN’S SF AF 1 HIGH & MID – JAN. 11 AT 10 AM ET

1.10 Release Report AF 1

What do you get when you take an iconic hoops shoe and update it with a military-inspired design? You get a one-of-a-kind shoe. These women’s Nike SF Air Force 1 shoes obviously have a stand-out look, but they are also made with a premium leather upper for durability and an Air-Sole unit for cushioning. In other words, you’re getting max strength, premium comfort, and a style that can’t be topped. Women’s Hi $180.00. Women’s Mid $160.00.

Your Jordan Retro Destination Since 1985

Your Jordan Retro Destination Since 1985

Jordan Retro Vault Story

The Air Jordan line turned the basketball world upside down when it debuted in 1985. Over 30 years later, Jordans continue to be some of the world’s most sought-after shoes, delivering the perfect combination of innovative performance and street-worthy style.

Eastbay has been there every step of the way, from the introduction of the iconic AJ 1 to the hottest Jordans being released today. We combed through our archives, finding classic AJs that were showcased in the Eastbay magazine throughout the years. Eastbay has been your Jordan Retro Destination since 1985, when the AJ 1 graced our cover.

Check out some of our throwback magazines that featured famous Jordans and click here to see our huge selection of Retros available now.

 

A Look Back

1985 was the first time Air Jordans appeared in our catalog, thanks to the Retro 1 on this cover.

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November of 1994 saw the debut of the soon-to-be-legendary Air Jordan 10.

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JORDAN RETRO 12 – NOV. 18 AT 10 AM ET

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JORDAN RETRO 1 HIGH OG – NOV. 18 AT 10 AM ET

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You can’t beat a classic. The Jordan Retro 1 High OG sneakers started a footwear evolution and are still loved for their timeless style and comfort. These black and white 1s are part of the Jordan RE2PECT Collection and give you a fresh take on the classic silhouette. Subtle words like ‘Focus’, ‘Respect’, and ‘Fearless’ are printed along the upper for an extra layer of uniqueness. They are a must for any true sneakerhead.  Men’s $159.99.

ADIDAS DAME 4 – NOV. 17 AT 10 AM ET

11.16 Dame 4 Blog

From the East Bay to the cover of Eastbay, Damian Lillard has come a long way. The Oakland native has hustled his way to the top of the basketball world, winning numerous awards and inspiring millions of followers. But he never forgets where he came from and this ‘Glow In The Park’ colorway is a call back to Lillard’s childhood memories of skating. The glow in the dark outsole can be found in skating rinks throughout the world and the dark grey upper has neon blue and burgundy accents. Perfect for a player who, nowadays, puts his opponents on skates. Men’s $114.99.

ADIDAS HARDEN VOL.1 PK – NOV. 18 AT 10 AM ET

11.16 Harden PK Story

James Harden and his Houston squad won’t settle for anything less than a title this year and he’ll have a new version of his Vol. 1s to help him on the hardwood. The chalk white pattern on the upper gives these kicks a premium look while Primeknit material upgrades your fit and feel. They’re built to perform, designed for style, and inspired by one of the top ballers in the world. Men’s $159.99.