10 Other Fat Athletes That Would Fail an Albert Haynesworth Fitness Test
The Redskins' defensive tackle and the highest paid defensive player in the league, Albert Haynesworth, has made seemingly countless headlines over the last week for his inability to pass the club's fitness test.
The test asks Haynesworth to complete two timed 300-yard back-and-forth shuttle runs performed three-and-a-half minutes apart. The back-and-forths are 50 yards long. So far, Haynesworth has completed half the routine before stopping and electing not to participate.
Redskins' head coach Mike Shanahan says Haynesworth will not participate in training camp unless he passes the drill.
Whether or not Haynesworth gets it done remains to be seen, but he isn't alone in his inability to pass the drill. There are 10 current and former athletes that would have a hard time passing the drill, if not outright failing it.
Andre Smith - Bengals Offensive Tackle
The Bengals' 2009 first round pick has battled weight since before arriving in the NFL. Of course we all remember his famous combine video when he ran the 40-yard dash with his man boobs flopping about. Now, the 370-pound offensive tackle risks losing significant money because of his weight.
Per his contract, for every game Smith weighs more than 350 pounds his salary will be cut in half. One would think that's a motivator to get in shape. So far it hasn't been.
Terrence Cody - Ravens Defensive Tackle
Terrence Cody, like Smith, made an infamous showing at the combine with his Triple-D man boobs, and he followed that up with a benching in the first day of training camp because he was too fat to pass the Ravens' conditioning test.
Cody eventually laboriously passed the test, but even the 350-pound (and that's likely being generous) defensive tackle managed to complete up-and-backs on a 25-yard drill. Finishing Shanahan's 50-yard drill would be another animal altogether.
Charles Barkley was once an example of physical brute strength while in the NBA. However, his retirement years have not been kind as Barkley traded in his six-pack for a spare tire. We remember his hilarious wind sprints against geriatric NBA official Dick Bavetta in which Barkley was huffing and puffing before collapsing at the finish.
Someone get some cleats on Barkley and put him in Shanahan's drill. If anything, it may give us another comedic Charles Barkley moment.
Current Baseball Tonight analyst John Kruk was big during his playing days and continues to get bigger the longer he sits behind the BBTN desk. Kruk likes to muse that he was a baseball player and therefore physical conditioning did not mean as much to him.
Let's test out that physical conditioning for a man who looks like he eats entirely too many cold cuts, and get him on the gridiron for Shanahan's drill.
Rex Ryan - New York Jets Head Coach
Ryan enjoys whipping his team into shape either with workouts or verbally. We also know that Ryan likes to exercise his mouth in front of the media. But in all honesty, this is a guy that needs to a pass a conditioning drill for his own well-being. When is the last time the Jets' head coach did any sort of conditioning?
Participating in Shanahan's drill wouldn't be pretty, but somebody has to get this guy doing more than 12-ounce and quarter-pound curls.
CC Sabathia - New York Yankees
Sabathia is something of a marvel. Quite possibly the biggest and fattest man in baseball, he is also one of the most successful pitchers. Now, his position doesn't require him to run more than the 45 feet between the mound and first base, but Sabathia is a better athlete than he is given credit for.
A three-sport star from his youth, could this offensive tackle-sized southpaw put a dent in Shanahan's drill? He may be the closest on the list.
Eddy Curry - New York Knicks
Curry has even publicly acknowledged that he has been too fat at times. The Knicks' center has pushed three bills on the scale and showed little to no athleticism in the process.
This is a guy who at times has to drag himself up and down the 30-plus yards of a basketball court. How could this acknowledged snack food addict handle going 50 yards and back?
Shaun Rogers - Cleveland Browns Defensive Tackle
Rogers is known for weighing upwards of 400 pounds at times during his career. When tipping the scale that high, obviously conditioning becomes an issue given the nature of his position.
Rogers reportedly arrived at camp still exceeding 360 pounds. Who knows how new Browns head honcho Mike Holmgren and head coach Eric Mangini will whip him into shape, but he has no chance at Shanahan's drill.
David Wells had a rubber arm, so what did he need conditioning for? This is a guy who went out and bounded beer until all hours of the night and showed up the next afternoon ready to pitch. Diet? No chance. Self-control at the bar? Even less of a chance.
The older Wells got, the bigger he became. The former big leaguer is looking better in his post-retirement years, but he screams of a guy who would start wheezing after 15 yards (or less).
The Big Diesel still has good footwork with the ball in his hand, but going up and down the court is a different story. There is a reason why Shaq is usually out of frame and the last man up the court.
Shaq has held up better physically throughout the years than most would have expected out of a 7'2", 350-pound man, but this is not a body meant for 50-yard wind sprints.