Theismann Says Haynesworth is “Not a Team Player” and “Classless”


Seems like anyone and everyone are taking shots at Redskins DL Albert Haynesworth after he skipped minicamp and demanded a trade on Wednesday. Former Skins QB Joe Theismann spoke about the lineman on Sirius NFL Radio. Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post printed some of the comments, which didn’t exactly pull punches about how the former QB feels about the situation.

“Lets just put it out there, we’re not looking at Albert Haynesworth as a very standup individual, OK?” Theismann said. “So the fact that he took the money, which he had rightfully coming to him, doesn’t surprise me. But I remember last year sitting down with him before the season, when he signed the big contract, and everybody talked about, `Hey look, are you gonna be a guy who gets the money and runs?’ And he told me point blank, he said, `I want to be not just the best defensive player on the field but the best player on the field.’

“The one thing he left out in the conversation I think should have been, `I want to be the best player on the field, and if I can’t be where I want to be, then screw everybody else.’ And that’s in essence what he’s done.

“He’s not a team player,” Theismann continued. “He doesn’t give a damn about anybody but himself, which has become painfully obvious. And you know what? Albert doesn’t care what anybody says. He’s pocketed $21 million. If anybody would look at this situation, you’d have to say it’s all about the money, it’s not about the love of the game. He pulled the classic wool over peoples’ eyes: Play really well in your final year of a contract as a free agent, get somebody to pony up a lot of money that needs you in the system that they’re running—which the Redskins did in a 4-3—and then show us really what kind of character and individual you are.

“And he’s classless, OK? I mean, there’s nothing else that you can say, but the man has very little respect for teammates, very little respect for anyone. Last year at the end of the season, he chose to stay home on Christmas Day open presents and not go to work when every other member of the football team had to go. That, to me, spoke volumes about Albert Haynesworth. You have a person that the Redskins are gonna be much better without than with.”


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