Albert Haynesworth suffers kidney failure: Former Patriots DT in need of a donor

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Former New England Patriots defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
Former New England Patriots defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

Albert Haynesworth, the former star NFL defensive tackle and short-lived New England Patriot, has been hospitalized with kidney failure and is now seeking a donor.

Haynesworth revealed the dire nature of his health and his need to find a donor in an Instagram post Wednesday.

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Well this hard for me to say but my doctors said I should reach out to my family, friends and fans 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

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Haynesworth opened his career with with the Tennessee Titans, rising to become a two-time All-Pro in his last two seasons in Nashville. Considered one of the league’s most disruptive players at the time, Haynesworth signed a record free agent contract to join the Washington Redskins, but struggled on recreate the same impact on the field — all while dealing with various off-field incidents.

The Patriots traded for Haynesworth prior to the start of the 2011 season, dealing a late-round pick to take a flyer on a talented-but-troubled player. Haynesworth lasted six games in New England before he was let go. Haynesworth finished the 2011 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, marking his last appearance in the NFL.

Haynesworth was known for his involvement in multiple controversies on and off the field. In 2006, he was ejected from a game for stomping down on the helmet of Dallas Cowboys center Andre Gurode. Haynesworth has also had multiple court battles, including a 2011 incident where he was accused of punching a man in the nose during a traffic altercation. In 2015, he pleaded guilty to reckless boating charges.

Here’s Haynesworth’s full message from the 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 seasons in retirement that my body has taken another major blow.

“First with the brain aneurysm 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.”

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