Former NFL All-Pro Albert Haynesworth Reveals 'Dire' Health Situation in Desperate Plea to Fans


Former NFL All-Pro Albert Haynesworth is reaching out to friends, family and fans for help with a dire medical condition.

Haynesworth, 38, has had kidney disease over the past few years. On Sunday, he suffered failure of both kidneys and was hospitalized.

He is in desperate need of a kidney transplant, and his doctors told him to reach out for help.

“Well this hard for me to say but my doctors said I should reach out to my family, friends and fans,” Haynesworth wrote on Instagram under a picture of him in the hospital. “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.”

Since he retired after the 2011 season as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Haynesworth has dealt with some serious ailments. In addition to kidney issues, he suffered from a brain aneurysm in 2014.

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“It’s hard to believe from being a professional athlete to only 8 season(s) in retirement that my body has taken another major blow,” Haynesworth said on Instagram. “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.”

Haynesworth is at the Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Tennessee, near Nashville.

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Haynesworth, who played in college at the University of Tennesee, was drafted with the 15th pick in the 2002 NFL draft by the Tennessee Titans.

He played seven years with the Titans and was named first-team All-Pro in 2007 and 2008, making the Pro Bowl both years.

Haynesworth signed a seven-year, $100 million deal with the Washington Redskins in 2009, but he didn’t pan out there. After two injury-plagued seasons, the Redskins let him go.

He signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots in 2011 but was cut halfway through the season.

Haynesworth landed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and finished out his last NFL season there.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
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