NFL rumors: Ex-Redskins, Titans star Albert Haynesworth desperately needs new kidney, turns to social media for help

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Former NFL star Albert Haynesworth needs some help. (Getty Images)
Former NFL star Albert Haynesworth needs some help. (Getty Images)

Life comes at you fast, no matter whether you are a former NFL player or bag groceries at a grocery store. There are some things that money can’t buy and Albert Haynesworth’s latest misfortune is proof of that. The former Pro Bowler’s kidneys are failing and and he is seeking help from anyone willing to extend him a lifeline, as he expressed in a Instagram post, Wednesday.

“Well, this is hard for me to say, but my doctors said I should reach out to my family, friends and fans,” Haynesworth wrote. “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 aneurysm 3 seasons out of the NFL to now my kidneys failing me,” the post continued. “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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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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NFL players are some of the most well-conditioned people in the world, as they must achieve great athletic feats daily throughout their athletic careers. So it’s clearly tough for Haynesworth to accept being in this position, especially after the brain aneurysm he experienced just five years ago.

But he’s a competitor who can draw from his discipline developed through years of football training to beat life’s latest obstacle.

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The 38-year-old Haynesworth was drafted by the Tennessee Titans with the 15th pick in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He signed a seven-year, $100 million contract with the Redskins in 2009, but lasted just two seasons in Washington. He last played in the NFL in 2011 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Despite the struggles late in his caree,m Haynesworth left the NFL with a solid resume: he was a two-time Pro-Bowler, a two-time first-team All-Pro and was the Sporting News’ pick for NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2008.

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