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Posted on: September 8, 2011 12:59 pm

Albert Haynesworth on himself: A 'sleeping giant'

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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