Albert Haynesworth, Former NFL Star Suffers Kidney Failure, In “Dire Need” of Your Help.
Albert Haynesworth has battled a multitude of health issues since his NFL retirement in 2011, and one of his ailments has taken a turn for the worst.
In an Instagram post, the former Tennessee Vols defensive tackle reached out to friends, family and fans to announce that his kidneys have failed. Haynesworth says he has been dealing with a kidney disease for three years, and he is now in need of a transplant.
“Well this hard for me to say but my doctors said I should reach out to my family, friends and fans,” Haynesworth wrote in an Instagram post. “Some of you may know I’ve been battling kidney disease for a few years now the time has come family, friends and fans I’m in dire need of a kidney mine have finally failed me on July 7 2019. It’s hard to believe from being a professional athlete to only 8 season in retirement that my body has taken another major blow. First with the brain aneurism 3 seasons out of the NFL to now my kidneys failing me. But the bright side of this latest ordeal I can ask for help by asking for someone to generously donate a kidney. If you are interested in giving this precious gift please call Vanderbilt at 615-936-0695 and hit option 2. GOD BLESS thank you for your prayers and thanks for sharing this message. #VFL #TITANUP”
Haynesworth played college football at Tennessee from 1999-2001. He was named Second Team All-Southeastern Conference in his final season in Knoxville. The Tennessee Titans selected him in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft, and the defensive lineman played seven seasons in Nashville. Prior to the 2009 NFL season, Haynesworth signed a seven-year, $100 million contract with the Washington Redskins.
However, after disciplinary issues and disputes with the coaching staff, Haynesworth only appeared in 20 games over two seasons with Washington. The team then traded him to the New England Patriots in 2011. The interior defender played six games in New England prior to his release, and he last played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who claimed him off waivers following his departure from the Patriots.