Dexter Manley says he could pass the Haynesworth test, will make Hall of Fame
In the interests of those of you sick of Haynesworth posts, I'll do the Hall of Fame stuff first. This comes, obviously, from Monday's Mike Wise Show, and it concerns Manley's worthiness for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
"I think that deservedly I should be there, but I think my day is gonna come," Manley said, after discussing Russ Grimm's upcoming induction. "I don't know when. I just hope that I'm here, present, and I can be here when that day happens. It will happen, no question. If you look at the defensive ends that's been in the Hall of Fame, the only one that has better numbers than me sack-wise is Reggie White."
Love Dexter. Love him. But I don't think I'd wait by the phone. Speaking of which, Wise asked Manley what advice he'd give to our favorite current defensive lineman, and Manley got all deep again.
"Hey man, father time is knocking on the door," Manley advised. "This career is short. It's short-lived. A blink of the eye, it's over. And don't let football use you, you use football.
"And I think he's going about it the wrong way. I would just say, 'Hey man, you have to be dedicated to this sport, and that means on and off the field.' Like I told you, these guys want to go get more women than they want to get to the quarterback. The point I'm saying, I guess what I would say to Albert is, where's his dedication? What does he really want out of life?
"Because when it's all over, when he looks back 15, 20 years from now, and all that money he had -- hopefully he'll have it, I'd like to think that he'll have it -- but you can never go out here in this private sector and get a deal like that. Everybody's looking to hit a home run like this guy with the Nationals, whatever, Zimmer, he likes to hit those home runs. Every former player wants to hit a home run out here, because they want to relate it to football. It just doesn't happen."
Whoever's in charge of these things, can you sign Dexter up for his WaPo blog already? Look, he just compared Albert Haynesworth leaving football and trying to hit a home run in the private sector with Zimmer. We need more of this, not less.
As for the conditioning test, "hey man, I could go out there today and do that," Manley said. He's 51. If he tries, and there's video, I'm game.
"Football is a 12-month sport, and it takes a certain amount of willingness, and you have to be prepared to have the willingness," Manley continued. "And I think Haynesworth has probably done something, but it's very little, and I think he has to be on board....Ever since Snyder probably owned this franchise, there's always different rules for different players, different people. Shanahan, he's a well-established coach, he's got a great staff with him, and so they had to sort of break the ice of these players being prima donnas. They run upstairs and they go talk to Snyder, they talk to Vinny [Cerrato], and this stuff was going on even when the great legend Joe Gibbs was here. He couldn't control them.
"So this guy is ruling with the iron hand...and I think that's necessary if you're going to have cohesiveness, if everybody's gonna get on the same page and go out and try to get this Lombardi Trophy. Now, Albert Haynesworth decided within the rules that if it wasn't mandatory, that he didn't want to show up for the OTAs. That's fine. But at least show up then in some kind of football shape."
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