Albert Haynesworth: Washington Redskins' Bonehead of the Year

Matt JamesContributor IIMarch 3, 2011

Albert Haynesworth at training camp.
Albert Haynesworth at training camp.Win McNamee/Getty Images

Albert Haynesworth was once one of the most dominant defensive linesmen in the entire league. His size, strength and ability were paramount to most others, and all heralded his acquisition by the Washington Redskins in 2009 as a great decision.

Then, everything changed. Haynesworth joined the Redskins' squad after signing a $100 million contract, $32 million of which he was expected to be paid in his first year in the organization. His $41 million in guarantees, with a possible $115 million if all incentives were met, made him a colossal purchase by the burgundy and gold.

After a dismal performance during the 2010-2011 season, Haynesworth continued to lament the new defense that coach Mike Shanahan had provided by being public with his discourse and his refusal to play in the 3-4 defense.

If the Washington Redskins are going to become a dominant and cohesive team, they need to stop acquiring prima donnas and those whose personal greed is stronger than the will to win. The fans deserve better, and the ownership needs to become cognizant of the fact that money will not guarantee championships. Leading by example is the best way to bring your team together, and Mike Shanahan had better realize that dissension will spread if this cancer is allowed to continue.

The Sign of a Winner—

Albert Haynesworth is no stranger to controversial incidents. Here are a few choice examples of his professional behavior:

  • 2003: An incident occurred during training camp with the Tennessee Titans in which Haynesworth kicked his own teammate, center Justin Hartwig.
  • Oct. 2006: Haynesworth is suspended 5 games for stomping on Cowboys' center Andre Gurode.
  • Sept. 2007: In a game versus the Jacksonville Jaguars, Haynesworth slammed running back Maurice Jones-Drew to the ground after he had been tackled. Haynesworth was fined $5,000 for the incident.
  • Mar. 2009: Haynesworth was indicted on misdemeanor traffic charges from a December 2008 accident. Corey Edmonson was partially paralyzed when Haynesworth struck Edmonson’s vehicle at speeds exceeding 100 mph.
  • Dec. 2010: His own team suspended Haynesworth on December 7, for the rest of the season. The Redskins cited “conduct detrimental to the club” as many conflicts had arisen throughout the year.
  • 2011: Haynesworth allegedly threw a punch at Joel Velazquez of Leesburg, VA. during a traffic altercation.

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