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Batiste, Haynesworth strike unusual friendship

Hope you got a chance to peruse this weekend's story on D'Anthony Batiste. He's a backup offensive lineman who had a nontraditional path to the league, going undrafted and actually serving as a sheriff's deputy in Lafayette, La., before finally cracking an NFL roster.

With such an unusual background, there was a lot of material left on the cutting-room floor, but I did want to pass along some comments from a teammate. Only a couple ofdb3 (3).jpg guys in the Redskins' locker room are aware of Batiste's pre-NFL life (the photo at right was taken during training), and one of those is defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.

"He's a great dude. Just a real good guy," Haynesworth said of his locker-room neighbor. "Real easy to talk to. Hopefully he doesn't go anywhere and hopefully he's here with me [for a long time]."

It might seem like somewhat of an odd pairing. The two play different positions on different sides of the ball. They have different backgrounds and took markedly different paths to the NFL. Oh, and their paychecks are a bit different, too. Haynesworth inked that $100 million free agent deal in the spring, and Batiste is set to earn $535,000 this season. He's just a few years removed from the developmental outfit of the now-defunct Arena Football League, where he earned $250 for a win, $200 for a loss.

"Contracts are out the door when you're talking about friends and all that stuff," Haynesworth said. "That type of stuff doesn't matter when you're friends. We joke about it sometimes but what you make doesn't matter. It's not who you are or the reason you're somebody's friend. It's about who you are as person. It's about whether you get along.
That's what matters."

As for Batiste's past, Haynesworth knows a bit about it. After going undrafted, Batistedb2 (2).jpg couldn't even attract interest from Canadian Football League teams. To makes ends meet, he worked as a corrections officer at a jail before entering a law enforcement academy and becoming a deputy. He served Lafayette as Hurricane Katrina pounded the region.

"He had told me something about it and we joked about it [his job] before. But we never really got into it too much," said Haynesworth. "But it doesn't surprise me. Like I said, he's a great guy.

"He's one of my best friends on the team. We just kind of hang out and stuff like that. We get along well. I show him things that he can work on and he tells me little things in offensive linemen that make 'em weak."

(Thanks to the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office for the photos of Batiste.)

By Rick Maese and Jason Reid  |  December 6, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  Jason Reid  
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Comments

So D'Anthony was a real actual sherriff deputy.

Not just a fake tranny sherriff like CP26.

Interesting.

Posted by: p1funk | December 6, 2009 8:13 AM | Report abuse

eh, what's a few million between friends?

If I made 535K in one year, I'd retire and live off of the interest.

Posted by: charley42 | December 6, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Haynesworth said in a recent interview that his best friends on the team are Batiste and Jeremy Jarmon.

Posted by: Lisa_R | December 6, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

So D'Anthony was a real actual sherriff deputy.

Not just a fake tranny sherriff like CP26.

Posted by: p1funk | December 6, 2009 8:13 AM

You say that as if it's easy being a fake tranny sheriff. I'd like to see you pull it off with the same grace and aplomb that CP brings to the role.

Posted by: League-Source | December 6, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Unlike most fans, I will watch today's game no matter the score.

Thing is, I'll close both eyes if the saints hit 40 points.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 6, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Come April 22, 2010 the only thing I want to hear is:

"With their first pick, the Washington Redskins select Ndamukong Suh, DT Nebraska... Get your popcorn ready"

Posted by: TWISI | December 6, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Okay, it's cold out there. My newspaper was practically frozen shut. Saints are 11-0, but they're an indoor team. Put them out in FedEx this afternoon and they won't know what to do. They're gonna freeze their po' boys. They may not even come back from the locker room at the start of the second half.

Posted by: League-Source | December 6, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: TWISI | December 6, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Texas does not belong in the National Championship game.

Oooooopppppssss.....!

Wrong blog.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 6, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Texas does not belong in the National Championship game.

Oooooopppppssss.....!

Wrong blog.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 6, 2009 9:17 AM

Neither do the Redskins. Right blog.


Beep beep

Posted by: League-Source | December 6, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Twisi

"With their first pick, the Washington Redskins select Ndamukong Suh, DT Nebraska... Get your popcorn ready"


I like that guy, too.

I wouldn't be too upset if he was a redskin either.

But we need need to start collecting some elite offensive players: either a tackle or speed back.

Or both.

Let's burn the 1st rounder from '11 and get another second rounder this year.

That's three picks in rounds 1 and 2.

I like that idea more than Suh.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 6, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Think the team need O line more than another DT but from seeing him play SUH is pretty close to a sure thing and I'm not a Nebraska fan

Posted by: orioledw | December 6, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

i think with the redskins first pick it will be spiller the mans a game breaker (afte we trade our top 5 pick and get anothe 2nd out of it) we could use him on kickoffs and third downs until portis is outta here, the they will pick up best tackle available in 2nd since theres only one tackle worth a top 20 pick and get a guard with the other 2nd we pic up in a trade, grab a cople oline in FA and workwith it and see what we got, then in the fouth we could pick up a CB, that would be a good offseason what do ya think

Posted by: jtbowhunter | December 6, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

i think with the redskins first pick it will be spiller the mans a game breaker (afte we trade our top 5 pick and get anothe 2nd out of it) we could use him on kickoffs and third downs until portis is outta here, the they will pick up best tackle available in 2nd since theres only one tackle worth a top 20 pick and get a guard with the other 2nd we pic up in a trade, grab a cople oline in FA and workwith it and see what we got, then in the fouth we could pick up a CB, that would be a good offseason what do ya think

Posted by: jtbowhunter | December 6, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

jtbowhunter: i agree. we should trade down for a 1rst and 2nd or even 1rst and 3rd, and get two OL, and a DT in the first 3 rounds.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | December 6, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

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