It's been a little while since we've heard from polarizing former Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth.
But he's back in the news, this time penning a letter to his younger self on The Players' Tribune, providing a retrospective on his decision to come to Washington and how he felt about what transpired in his two seasons here.
And as you'd expect, he didn't have nice things to say about his time in D.C.
After reading through the letter, we dug out some of the notable Redskins-related nuggets.
Haynesworth on free agency in 2009:
Oh, when you get on that first phone call with Dan Snyder and the organization in Washington, it’ll be all good. “We want you to play just like you did in Tennessee, Albert. We’re going to let you loose and destroy the Giants, Cowboys and Eagles. That’s your job.”
Haynesworth on his contract and role:
People are going to be all over you for your contract, and you’re going to feel really frustrated. You’re going to do some dumb things. But what people aren’t going to see is Mike Shanahan calling you into his office and saying, “Albert, we just want you to eat up space. All we want you to do is grab the center and let the linebackers run free.”
And he’s going to say, with a straight face, “Albert, if you have more than one sack this season, I’m going to be pissed.”
The last thing you’ll say before walking out of the office is, “Can’t you just pay someone $300,000 a year to do that?”
Haynesworth his passion for the game:
You will lose your passion for football in Washington, and it will be impossible to get back. In retirement, you will discover that your financial advisor has squandered most of the money you made with the Redskins, and he will be under investigation for financial fraud.
While fans still point to Haynesworth's signing as one of the worst in team history, it is always interesting to get the player's perspective of what went down.
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