Haynesworth rant ignores Deion's own history

Driving back from Florio Jr.’s middle-school football game on Thursday night (they lost, 33-20, to a team that included a couple of guys who shave . . . three times a day) while trying to get home in time for the start of the Vikings-Saints game while also trying to obey all (or at least most) traffic laws, I listened to the simulcast of NFL Network’s Total Access on Sirius NFL Radio.

Rich Eisen led a discussion with Deion Sanders and Marshall Faulk regarding Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, and Deion Sanders offered up this strong take regarding Haynesworth:  “What is wrong with this kid?  Marshall, whatever happened to the day when we got paid and we felt like we had a responsibility, not only to the organization but to our teammates to allow them to know that, man, I earned this money, matter of fact I should be paid more than this and I’m gonna prove it to not only those guys but the fans and my family?  Whatever happened to that day?”   

Though we’ve tried in the wake of last year’s Michael Crabtree fiasco to look to the good that Deion brought to the field and now brings to NFL Network broadcasts, he has ignored that he once pulled a very similar stunt — to the same team!

In 2000, Sanders signed a multi-year deal with the Redskins.  He received an $8 million signing bonus.  After the first year, the Redskins fired head coach Norv Turner and hired Marty Schottenheimer.  Like Haynesworth after the switch from Jim Zorn to Mike Shanahan, Deion didn’t want to play for Schottenheimer, even though that signing bonus gave Deion a responsibility to show up for work in 2001, and beyond. 

Eventually, the Redskins and Sanders worked out a deal in which he kept most of his signing bonus (even though when it was paid the idea was he’d play more than a year), and Deion agreed to retire from the NFL.

Amazingly, Deion tried only one year later to renege on the agreement and unretire to join the Oakland bandwagon for a Super Bowl run.  With Schottenheimer gone, the Redskins agreed to release Sanders from the reserve-retired list.  But since the move came after the trading deadline, Deion had to pass through waivers. 

Coincidentally, Schottenheimer was coaching the Chargers.  And Schottenheimer’s new team claimed his contract.  And Schottenheimer’s message to Deion may have been this:  “Whatever happened to the day when we got paid and we felt like we had a responsibility not only to the organization but
to our teammates to allow them to know that, man, I earned this money,
matter of fact I should be paid more than this and I’m gonna prove it to
not only those guys but the fans and my family? 

21 responses to “Haynesworth rant ignores Deion's own history

  1. Ah yes, the Deion signing. Another in a long line of “genius” FA acquistions by Little Danny. Great uniform work by the ‘Skins equipment department though. You could barely make out the fork protruding from Sanders’ backside during his Washington tenure.

  2. Deion Sanders is a two faced con artist too in love with the smell of his own farts to realize he’s the guy stinking up the room.

  3. Well said.
    It’s like Warren Sapp griping about a dirty D-lineman: “ComeON Mayn. Don’t doo dat stuff.”
    How quickly analysts forget.

  4. Hell Florio, there aren’t too many people who don’t realize that Deion’s a d-bag, but those same people realize that if his post playing days career had a pecock on the paycheck, this story would have never seen the light of day…

  5. florio, this an excellent piece, deion never received enough criticism for not being a team player, he was a me first guy and in my opinion was one of the most overrated players ever, all you had to do was throw at him, which for some reason no teams ever did, dude got away with more interference than anybody…

  6. Now that was a very good piece.
    It’s funny how we sometimes forget the not-so distant football past. It’s even funnier when a paid mouthpiece does it.

  7. deion was NEVER a team player, just look how he wouldn’t run down running backs.
    Deion is a total j@#&@$$ and always will be.

  8. Deion is not a smart man. He has a big personality and used to be able to run fast and that is why he’s on TV.
    Horrible analyst lacking real insight.
    And he was always afraid to make a tackle.

  9. Dieon might be a bigger blowhard than Tony Dungy. Listening to him preach to players about responsibility may be equal to Micheal Irving preaching to a crackhead about whores.

  10. What good as he ever brought to the NFL network. I like Eisen–but don’t watch his program as Sanders is always there–and always bugs me. This guy–and his wardrobe–is a joke. Nothing but a clown.

  11. Damn that must hurt for the kid to lose to some momma’s boys who shave 3 times a day.
    When your kid sports a full beard and hasn’t bathed since early in the summer.

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