Haynesworth: "I'm not Superman"
Albert Haynesworth's level of conditioning, his image on bended knee, and his slow walks to the sideline, were a constant theme of this dearly departed Redskins season. I'm not sure I ever saw the lineman discuss that issue more eloquently than in a one-on-one interview with Comcast SportsNet's Kelli Johnson in late October.
(Yes, I'm writing a blog post about an interview that occurred nearly three months ago, but it's been on my list of things to do for nearly three months, and I like to cross things off my list. Feel free to criticize me for not writing about a more current, winning team. Then I'll declare war on you.)
"Well, I'll say this," Haynesworth told Johnson, when asked about his fitness level. "Last game I played like 50-some plays. And probably 95 percent of those plays, I'm pushing on two people. I mean, I don't know what kind of shape. ... Like again, I'm not Superman. I'm pushing on 600 pounds, 95 percent of the time. I mean, what do you expect? I get tired. What we do as a defensive line, we're asked to go up-field, disrupt a play, things like that, and get in the quarterback's face. So yeah, you're gonna get tired, because I am moving."
And as long as I've already dipped into the ancient past, I might as well dig up Haynesworth's equally ancient comments about Daniel Snyder, in the same interview.
"I like him," Haynesworth said then. "I mean, he gets a lot of criticism, and I don't quite understand why. I mean,I've heard a lot of people say a lot of negative things about him, but to me, a guy that has the money, that wants to bring people in, he just wants to win. I mean, I don't see how you criticize that. I guess maybe because he just shouldn't be here or something? Bud Adams, I never heard any criticism about him, but heck, he was never there. So I don't know. I mean, I think he's really a fan, a fan of the game, and a fan of the Redskins, and he'll do anything to put the Redskins on top."
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