On first day of Redskins training camp, Albert Haynesworth learns who is boss
Quarantined from teammates like a dog who had yet to receive his heartworm inoculation, made to go over defensive drills in the far corner of the practice field after the "cleared" players finished, the large, exhausted man trudged off the soggy field with a slight grimace, up the walkway toward the locker room.
Sopping wet in his gray nylon long-sleeve shirt, he finally acknowledged the crowd shouting his name behind the ropes.
"We love you, Albert!" someone yelled. He raised his hand in a mock wave just in time to hear the retort. "We'd love you more if you lose 10 more pounds."
In that moment, Albert Haynesworth wasn't the highest-paid player on the Washington Redskins, a two-time Pro Bowler and established veteran. He looked beaten, broken -- closer to a humiliated and hazed rookie, duct tape and goal post to come.
Uncle. He gives.
Now move along, kids. There's nothing to see here.
Someone find DeAngelo Hall to take his friend to the nurse's office.
Albert Haynesworth, dared by Mike Shanahan to meet him behind the cafeteria before school, got his be-hind kicked royally Thursday.
The new kid in school essentially found the biggest bully on the playground, called him out, embarrassed him in front of the whole class -- and ushered in an era of striking clarity in Ashburn.
Don't mess with Coach Control. Don't toy with Serious Shanny. He doesn't get mad beneath that perpetually sunburned mug; Mike gets even.
The No. 1 offseason distraction was made to run and sweat and run and sweat some more Thursday, until, we were told, Big Al didn't pass a conditioning test he was guaranteed to fail. For showing up the organization in the offseason -- for originally wanting out of Washington, then taking $21 million of Daniel Snyder's money in a front-loaded bonus and, incredibly, failing to show up for workouts -- Haynesworth was publicly disciplined and punished.