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Haynesworth: “I just wanted to play more”

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Here’s what Albert Haynesworth had to say in early September after joining the Patriots.

“If God forbid, I got cut from this team, I know I could go out there and play for another team,” Haynesworth said via the Boston Herald. “But, I feel like this is going to be the last place I’m going to play. If it doesn’t work out here, I’m not going to play anywhere else.”

So, yeah. Haynesworth is generally full of it when speaking to the media. He also said New England was a “career-saving place” in part because they would keep him fresh by rotating him more.

So why is Haynesworth no longer on the Patriots?

“Coach [Bill] Belichick is a great guy and it’s a great system, but I just wanted to play more,” Haynesworth said Thursday, via ESPNBoston.com. “I wanted to practice more, get more reps and the more plays I got the better I would get. I just wasn’t getting a lot of reps, so they made the decision and let me go.”

What? Haynesworth acts like it was his decision to leave. The idea that it was somehow because he wanted more practice reps is a joke.

Haynesworth also denied giving up against the Giants.

“To me, any time you’re on the football field you’ve got another guy trying to knock your head off. You’re not going to play? That’s just not me,” Haynesworth said. “That’s why I always play hard because I’m my kids role model and I just want to fight and to show them to always keep fighting no matter what it is.”

So the takeaway here is Haynesworth wants to work harder and remain a role model. Got it.

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58 Responses to “Haynesworth: “I just wanted to play more””
  1. edmazeing1 says: Nov 10, 2011 3:26 PM

    I just wanted to get payed more …..he means!!!

  2. jahbird says: Nov 10, 2011 3:28 PM

    Is he preparing for a career as a stand-up comedian?

  3. captainwisdom8888 says: Nov 10, 2011 3:30 PM

    This guy has had nobody man up and tell him how it is his whole life. Your a bum Albert. A very rich bum

  4. tampajoey says: Nov 10, 2011 3:30 PM

    OMG, this isn’t going to end well for my Bucs

  5. hendawg21 says: Nov 10, 2011 3:30 PM

    What with himself it surely wasn’t football…

  6. CKL says: Nov 10, 2011 3:32 PM

    So Albert…answer me this… when you look in the mirror, you see Denzel Washington staring back at you, don’t you?

  7. selldannysell says: Nov 10, 2011 3:34 PM

    Some people will never get it.

  8. rexismybff says: Nov 10, 2011 3:36 PM

    I was literally snorting diet coke out my nose all over my keyboard reading that. That one is a keeper!!

    Albert – when you lose your day job, I think I can get you booked in some comedy clubs.

  9. ilovefoolsball says: Nov 10, 2011 3:39 PM

    Haynesworth to his kids “Hey kids, watch how I clear this buffet like a professional. You can’t coach this kind of talent”

  10. Patskrieg dot com says: Nov 10, 2011 3:41 PM

    Haynesworth owes me a new keyboard. My brain just exploded on mine. Your way of lobbying for more snaps is to play like a bored toddler on the snaps you do get? Don’t count your reps. Make your reps count.

  11. seatownballers says: Nov 10, 2011 3:41 PM

    Whats the over/under on how long he will last in tampa? Honestly, can he make it through the end of the season?

  12. rpiotr01 says: Nov 10, 2011 3:41 PM

    “I just wanted to play more, so I stopped playing until they let me play more.”

  13. ozierdisaster3335 says: Nov 10, 2011 3:41 PM

    If you wanna play more you have to make an effort when your on the field, :great example: you just allowed Brandon Jacobs to run right by you to score that 14 yard run.. no NFL team wants someone like that on their team p

  14. jdandcoke says: Nov 10, 2011 3:44 PM

    replace “play” with “eat”.

  15. blackqbwhiterb says: Nov 10, 2011 3:44 PM

    The way the video looked, you didn’t seem to want to play much at all.

  16. descendency says: Nov 10, 2011 3:45 PM

    You’d have gotten a lot more reps if you weren’t on your butt from a simple David Diehl love tap.

  17. jbl429 says: Nov 10, 2011 3:45 PM

    “If it doesn’t work out here, I’m not going to play anywhere else.”

    In all fairness, he didn’t have a choice whether or not the Bucs picked him up off waivers. And also, he may be on the field, but it’s debatable whether or not he’ll actually “play.”

  18. sean6886 says: Nov 10, 2011 3:45 PM

    This guy sounds like Sarah Palin. Continue to lie even when the facts are smacking you in the face. And blame others instead of taking a long, hard look in the mirror.

  19. garyman1 says: Nov 10, 2011 3:45 PM

    Thanks Albert…. I’ll ask my kids to use you as a role model too. As you said, you’re a role model and want to work harder.

    That’s exactly what everyone is saying about you.

    Yikes !!!

  20. bigjdve says: Nov 10, 2011 3:46 PM

    Is that what he said before he started playing for the Redski… errr the Patriots?

  21. gergie1957 says: Nov 10, 2011 3:47 PM

    “I just wanted to play more””

    Was he referring to his Xbox when he made that statement?

  22. kd75 says: Nov 10, 2011 3:48 PM

    So Haynesnotworthit’s excuse for not working hard is that there was no work for him to do?

  23. marcuswelby70 says: Nov 10, 2011 3:49 PM

    If you did more when you were on the field, you would still be with the Patriots.

  24. skinsrock says: Nov 10, 2011 3:50 PM

    Haynesworth is delusional… next thing you know he’ll be talking about being better than Reggie White again.

  25. ambitoos says: Nov 10, 2011 3:51 PM

    Haynsworth operates on a differant frequency than anybody else.

  26. snarkzilla says: Nov 10, 2011 3:53 PM

    He’s going to be quite a standout in throwback Creamsicle.

  27. hendawg21 says: Nov 10, 2011 3:58 PM

    he should be a politician, I mean at each stop check out his press conferences the lie’s just keep coming…

  28. melikefootball says: Nov 10, 2011 3:59 PM

    Practice more? I thought the players didn’t want to practice or wear pads or get tested for drugs….just get paid.

  29. yankeesjetsknicksrangers says: Nov 10, 2011 4:01 PM

    Anytime the Patriots get duped is a good day!

  30. revrondog says: Nov 10, 2011 4:05 PM

    Of course he wanted to get paid more. Big Mac’s are expensive

  31. bigjdve says: Nov 10, 2011 4:06 PM

    nobody wants a problem like that on their team.

    Correction only the Bucs want someone like that.

    Shhh don’t say creamsicle, he might try to eat some team mates.

  32. blackandtealforeal says: Nov 10, 2011 4:10 PM

    Liar, liar, pants on fire!

  33. Nevis says: Nov 10, 2011 4:15 PM

    A role model to kids? Same dude who stepped on a helmet-less guy’s head with his spikes?

    Newsflash Fat Albert: The film don’t lie.

    He’s a quitter and lazy. TB will be his last stop.

  34. bigjdve says: Nov 10, 2011 4:23 PM

    Hey you all know that he is after McRibs now.

  35. jutts says: Nov 10, 2011 4:31 PM

    PFT must not like Albert….

  36. nattyboh says: Nov 10, 2011 4:34 PM

    Haynesworth: “I just wanted to play more”

    Patriots: “So did we”

  37. toegoat says: Nov 10, 2011 4:44 PM

    Bellichek is flabbergasted!

  38. oneofhis says: Nov 10, 2011 4:57 PM

    Go Bucs!!
    I think this is the first “veteran” we picked up all season. I hope he does something, but the Bucs aren’t known for finding any real impact players. We are the last stop for a lot of guys looking to revive their career. Closer to the beach when they get cut.

  39. nomoreseasontix says: Nov 10, 2011 5:08 PM

    Three games with the Bucs and… Gone.
    And…
    It’s funny ’cause he’s fat!!!

  40. tatum064 says: Nov 10, 2011 5:09 PM

    “I just wanted to play more” Thats why i flopped on the ground, didnt get back up…and was thrown out of the way one handed by opposing players in the Giant loss.

    Its my way of getting more playing time.

  41. bobhk says: Nov 10, 2011 5:20 PM

    Does anyone want to start a pool as to when this guy washes out of Tampa? :)

  42. peytonsneck18 says: Nov 10, 2011 5:21 PM

    Al-TURD HAYNES-WORTHLESS

  43. j0esixpack says: Nov 10, 2011 5:29 PM

    Yessss….

    So Belichick cut him because he can’t stand guys who want to practice more and play hard like the role model, Albert Haynesworth.

    His next contract should be based on how many Albert Haynesworth football jerseys he sells.

    You sure never saw too many being worn by fans in Foxboro, that’s for sure.

  44. rushmatic says: Nov 10, 2011 5:30 PM

    Can’t remember a time that he wasn’t listed as limited on the practice report with his back.

  45. polegojim says: Nov 10, 2011 5:42 PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    I let myself be pancaked and planted because the team wasn’t playing me enough…. NOW, I’ve almost heard everything.

    I’m pretty sure…. if you want to play more… play well when you’re on the field.

    It really is that simple, right???

  46. cowboynation919 says: Nov 10, 2011 5:52 PM

    Sorry Albert all I heard was “I”. Which is all I have heard come from you since leaving the Titans.

    Shut your fat mouth and sit you overrated arse on the couch and watch the adults play.

  47. gosuhgo says: Nov 10, 2011 6:16 PM

    I have this sneaking suspicion that 4 years ago Matt Millen would’ve jumped all over this. And then converted him to receiver.

  48. lilrob10201 says: Nov 10, 2011 6:22 PM

    Im suprised Albert Haynesworth diddent eat the kid in the picture.

  49. waltdawg says: Nov 10, 2011 6:33 PM

    “Hi Albert, I am your career. I have left you for life” Now sit in your easy chair and disappear!!!!

  50. whatwouldlombardido says: Nov 10, 2011 7:03 PM

    Funny, I didn’t realize that “playing” was a metaphor for “sleeping.”

  51. dlmcc1010 says: Nov 10, 2011 7:36 PM

    Tamps really needs to be called out for signing this guy. You have a young team. the last thing you should want in that locker room is a d-bag like Haynesworth. If he couldnt figure it out on a defense starved team in NE with a defensive wiz as a coach, then he is truly done

  52. backindasaddle says: Nov 10, 2011 7:38 PM

    He didn’t get more reps because he was perpetually claiming injury. Belichick bent over backwards to treat him like a pro veteran and accommodate him. Fat Albert now claiming he wasn’t being giving enough reps is a charade. He was out of shape and would get gassed…and would give up. The BS he just spewed about being a role model is 180 degrees from what he actually did. I figured out a long time ago that if you really want to know a persons intentions and who they really are, judge them by what they DO….not by what they may say. These quotes show that Albert doesn’t even have the integrity and character to be honest with himself. He’s a disgrace to himself and the game.

  53. jc327 says: Nov 10, 2011 7:54 PM

    Translation: I don’t get it. I guess I never will.

  54. richm2256 says: Nov 10, 2011 7:59 PM

    Hopeless …… absolutely hopeless.

  55. rajbais says: Nov 10, 2011 8:17 PM

    Of course you do!!!!

    You only played for free agent paychecks anyways!!!!!

  56. justdatruit says: Nov 10, 2011 8:42 PM

    Albert is such a loser, two strikes my man, get ready to start watching from the couch with Refrigerator Perry!

  57. rayjayjohnsonjr says: Nov 10, 2011 9:25 PM

    “I wanted to practice more……”

    But Albert, did you ever actually show up for practice ready to practice, or did you usually have a hurt twinkle toe and unable to practice?
    Dud Of The Decade.

  58. catquick says: Nov 10, 2011 11:45 PM

    The Titans neve should have let him play without a helmet

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