Albert Haynesworth needs kidney transplant

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Albert Haynesworth retired after the 2011 season. He has had a couple of serious medical issues since.

The two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle announced on social media this week that he needs a kidney transplant and is seeking a donor.

“Well, this is hard for me to say, but my doctors said I should reach out to my family, friends and fans,” Haynesworth wrote on Instagram, via Jim Wyatt of the Titans’ website. “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 eight seasons in retirement that my body has taken another major blow. First with the brain aneurysm three seasons out of the NFL to now my kidneys failing me. But the bright side of the latest ordeal is I can ask . . . someone to generously donate a kidney.”

Haynesworth is pictured in his hospital bed at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Tennessee.

Haynesworth, now 38, played 10 seasons after the Titans made him the 15th overall choice in 2002. He spent seven seasons in Tennessee, two in Washington and played six games with the Patriots in 2011 and seven with the Bucs to finish that season and his career.

18 responses to “Albert Haynesworth needs kidney transplant

  1. I never thought I would have any sort of compassion for Albert Haynesworth, but he’s only 38, let’s the help the big guy out. Good luck from DC.

  2. Now the once arrogant, overrated and overpaid NFL bad boy and bully needs some help from another human. KARMA.

  3. He received a $100 million contract for seven years from the redskins. Forty-one million dollars was guaranteed. He got a $5 million signing bonus, and his base salaries from 2009-2011 were guaranteed. He also got a $21 million guaranteed option bonus in 2010. He will receive a $5.4 million base salary in 2011.

    Any match should be worth say at least 5 million minimum.

  4. Tough situation – wishing him the best, and that his medical needs are met soon!!!

  5. Dang, I feel bad. He was easy to dislike as a player, but I sure hate to see anyone going through that. I hope he is able to get a kidney and get the help he needs. Hope he will get well sooner than later!

  6. Actually, karma would be any of you fools making jokes someday needing a lifesaving treatment for yourselves and no one giving a rip.

  7. Its illegal to sell organs in the US and many other countries. He would likely have to go overseas to do so and likely to a 3rd world country where you wouldn’t want to trust the doctors with an operation like that

  8. “Its illegal to sell organs in the US and many other countries. He would likely have to go overseas to do so and likely to a 3rd world country where you wouldn’t want to trust the doctors with an operation like that”

    The problem with that is that people from other countries will have a genetic ancestry far removed from Haynesworth’s, meaning it would be a lot harder to find a match whose kidney is compatible. Even Africa might not be of much help because most African-Americans have a considerable European ancestry. The most likely match would come from someone with a similar genetic background, especially one of his cousins in the 1st-3rd range.

  9. jzorbo73 says:
    July 10, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Any match should be worth say at least 5 million minimum.

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    Yeah, let’s associate colossal financial incentives with organ donation. That doesn’t sound like an awful idea at all if you want to help grow illicit organ trade markets in North America and/or make transplants even more inaccessible for the non-super affluent.

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