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Albert Haynesworth on himself: A 'sleeping giant'

Posted on: September 8, 2011 12:59 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

The most frustrating thing about Albert Haynesworth is that he blatantly works harder before he gets paid. This is true for many athletes, but more so for Haynesworth who never really gave much of an effort for the Redskins, despite them paying him more than $100 million.

That of course led to Haynesworth being shipped to the Patriots in the offseason for chicken scratch. That of course led to him being the happiest guy in the NFL. And that of course will lead to the inevitable moment when he spends all of Week 14 sacking Rex Grossman and John Beck into oblivion.

And the impressive, motivated play will probably start before then. Thinking a big season isn't coming from Haynesworth is just silly. In fact, just ask the big fella himself.

"Oh yeah," Haynesworth said when asked if he was ready to get back on the field, via the Boston Globe. "At least last year, I didn't think I was going to play because I was playing a lot of scout team. Now I'm in the system and I'm playing and practicing and stuff and I think it's time for me -- I guess, the sleeping giant -- to awake and go back out there on the field and play football again."

As someone who's never really been able to push my value into nine figures, this is incredibly frustrating. It's cool that Haynesworth found a new form of motivation in terms of revenge or whatever he's trying to get against Washington by not being terrible at his job.

But it's also immensely annoying to see him getting ready for a big year so quickly after loafing through his monster contract. But then again, everyone knew how his last deal with the Redskins was going to play out, and nothing really went different from expectations. So he's not totally to blame.

It's just kind of obnoxious to rub it in everyone's face is all.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:43 pm

Albert Haynesworth on himself: A 'sleeping giant'

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Albert Haynesworth on himself: A 'sleeping giant'

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Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2011 7:55 pm

Albert Haynesworth on himself: A 'sleeping giant'

he is in a system now which will use his skill...
... as a camera man...

Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2011 7:52 pm

Albert Haynesworth on himself: A 'sleeping giant'

Awake giants are more effective...

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: September 10, 2011 10:41 am

Albert Haynesworth on himself: A 'sleeping giant'

Let the sleeping giant roam the field and kick the crap out of Stinky Sanchez and The Jets this week.  After all he spent the last couple of years in Purgaotory, I mean Washington.  Very happy to see him as a Patriot, Can't wait to see the sleeping giant storm into the backfield of opposing teams.  BEWARE NFL - BEWARE.  The Sleeping Giant Awakens.

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 11:21 pm

Albert Haynesworth on himself: A 'sleeping giant'

He thinks of himself that way, because he`s Fat, and Always taking a Nap?

Since: Jul 18, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 4:58 pm

Albert Haynesworth on himself: A 'sleeping giant'

Maybe he is a genius, he got paid as much money as he could while doing the least amount possible for a horrible team.  Then moves on to a SB contender.  I hope he has a monster season.  I like the Pats and their additions.  I am not sure the Vikes will have that good of a year but as long as GB doesn't repeat.  I would enjoy watching Brady and Co. win again.

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 2:41 pm

Albert Haynesworth on himself: A 'sleeping giant'

I have highly paid professionals that work at my company that are unhappy, and as a consequence of it, they are not motivated and always say how they hate their jobs. I also have entry level people who work in close knit groups, and even though they don't make a lot of money, they love working with each other and outperform all the other employees that make much more. Money is only one component of happiness. Even if you make millions of dollars, if your boss makes your life miserable you are not going to perform at your best. Environment has a HUGE effect on an employees happiness AND performance. I think if many of you who are miserable at your jobs look at this example and compare it to yourselves, you'll know exactly where he is coming from. Money doesn't buy happiness, and there are numerous studies out there to prove it. All of this "loyalty" talk and l"iving up to a contract" talk is armchair quarterbacking, it means nothing. I'm willing to bet that most of you would not be as ethical yourselves as you preach about someone elses situation.

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