Albert Haynewsorth: An Open Letter To the Washington Redskins Defensive Tackle

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Albert Haynewsorth: An Open Letter To the Washington Redskins Defensive Tackle
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After missing every mini-camp and off-season practice, Albert Haynesworth informed the Washington Redskins and the media that he was demanding a trade or release.

Haynesworth made roughly $32 million from the Redskins in the first 13 months of his contract. Now that he has made clear his intentions, I offer him this letter.


Dear Albert Haynesworth,

Hey Al! I’m going to call you Al, I hope you don’t mind.

Look, you’re an adult. You make your own decisions, you live by them, and you know how all of that works. I’m going to assume that by making this choice, you were already aware of how things would play out in the media and I accept that.

What I want to talk about is football. That’s it.

For a guy that’s so concerned about himself, you certainly chose the wrong position. Defensive tackle is one of the least glamorous positions in the NFL.

No one knows what you want to make of your career and your legacy. It could be championships, money, or just a long healthy career.

But right now, it goes without saying; your legacy is likely permanently ruined. As a defensive tackle, you can only do so much. It’s not your role to rush the quarterback and accumulate sacks.

The only headlines you can typically make are with your behavior and your mouth. Neither of those headlines is going to be a good thing.


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