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Albert Haynesworth Used to be a Running Back


I'll post Fred Smoot's thoughts on the '09 Redskins roster in a few minutes, but just know that he's optimistic about some of the offseason additions, following his fat boy personnel theory.

"Now we have a chance to contend," he said. "Now we have a chance to contend. It's always like that, I just did my study, and the team that always drafts fat boys with their high draft picks wins the games, because the fat boys dominate in December and January. That's when the games are won."

I asked Smoot whether he's told Albert Haynesworth he's a fat boy.

"He knows this," Smoot said. "He's a fat boy because he has a hundred million dollars. Hell, if I've got a hundred, I'm a fat boy."

"Well, I guess I am fat," Haynesworth said. "Three hundred forty pounds, but I don't look it. I'm a good-looking fat boy. A p-h-a-t fat boy."

The morning practice had ended by this point, and Haynesworth stood around for a few minutes and made small talk with reporters, telling us that in sixth-grade football, he stayed away from the fat-boy slots, playing running back and linebacker.

"See, that's how I'm so fast," he said. "Then I went to junior high, had junior high tryouts, I went down there with the running backs, and I'm all taller than them. The coach is like, 'What the hell are you [doing]? Get down there with the line.' I said, 'I ain't never put my hand on the ground.' So I had to go down there and put my hand on the ground. I guess it's worked out for me."

He also ran the 100-meters as a 280-pound high school junior; he said his best time was 11.5 or 11.7, and that he was, briefly, a talented running back.

"I mean, I made all stars and stuff," he said. "I didn't just run people over, either. I could move."

The Washington Times's David Elfin joked with Haynesworth about him being a Fridge-type, and encouraged him to use his connection with offensive coordinator Sherman Smith to get a role with the offense. At which point Haynesworth said that he worked with the Titans offense at tight end and fullback in goal-line situations, though he never got in a game. I told Jim Zorn that Haynesworth wouldn't mind seeing the ball.

"Fred Smoot wants to carry the ball," Zorn said. "I mean, [Haynesworth's] a tremendous athlete. I think he could do anything he wanted. He is quite a player. He can go. You watch him accelerate. If you ever watch him warm up, watch him take off and run. He can scoot now, he really can. He'd be a great tight end."

As for his actual position, Haynesworth lined up against Chris Samuels a couple times, and it was suggested that they split their match-ups.

"I don't know about he got me once," Haynesworth disagreed. "I think both times I was right there by the quarterback. I asked him if he was by the quarterback, I don't know what he said. We don't have a quarterback standing back there, so you can't really count a sack. Maybe it's for the offensive line, to make em feel good, I don't know."

A few other notes from Haynesworth.

Comparing D.C. and Tennessee: "Heck yes, there's a big difference. There's like 25,000 of y'all, and there's only like 10 in Tennessee....Y'all got too many newspapers around here. They only have one in Tennessee. It was easier to go through the clips and stuff. Now our little clips here is like the League clips in Tennessee."

On the Redskins' uniforms: "I haven't even seen our game jerseys. I don't even know where the stadium is. I have no clue. I heard it's in Land Over, Maryland. I mean, I don't know what we wear yet."

On his first preseason game as a Redskin: "I guess the first home game will be better, to see what the stadium's like and the crowd and all that stuff. I mean, I hear that the fans are supposed to be crazy and loud, like a college stadium but on steroids, so I want to see what that's like."

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 10, 2009; 12:12 PM ET
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Comments

""I mean, I hear that the fans are supposed to be crazy and loud, like a college stadium but on steroids, so I want to see what that's like.""

...assuming Pittsburgh fans show up hes about right.

Posted by: JeffV7 | August 10, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

puck fittsburg

JeffV7 you suck azz

Posted by: jonthefisherman | August 10, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Albert may not know where Land Over is, but he knows where the QB is ... and he definitely would know where Ben Roethlespelling is ... in the split second before Ben would be on his back.

Posted by: dcsween | August 10, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

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