Albert Haynesworth was at one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL at his peak.
The 6’6″, 350-pound Haynesworth spent his first seven years in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans before bolting to the Washington Redskins, where he accepted a $100 million contract, and eventually flamed out of the league.
During a stint at Players’ Tribune, Haynesworth discussed a variety of topics — his infamous stomp, losing millions of a bad financial advisor, eventually losing his passion for football after inking a massive deal and being forced into a system he didn’t fit in. He also talked about losing his passion for football:
“If nothing else, listen to me on this, Albert: Do not leave the Tennessee Titans. You?re like a system quarterback. You thrive in a very specific scheme. When you hit free agency, the Washington Redskins are going to offer you $100 million. Everyone will talk about this (they won?t talk about the fact that most of that money is not guaranteed, or that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offered you $135 million).
You will lose your passion for football in Washington, and it will be impossible to get back.”
Haynesworth would bounce around for a few years with the New England Patriots and Tamp Bay Buccaneers, but would never regain his form during his peak seasons in Tennessee.