Former NFL defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth told a Nashville radio station on Thursday that he nearly died after suffering two brain aneurysms in November 2014.
“I had two brain aneurysms that were nearly rupturing. I went and talked to my doctor in Florida, and he was like, ‘Man, your blood pressure is through the roof. I’m going to admit you,’ ” he told 104.5 the Zone, as transcribed by ESPN’s Paul Kuharsky. “They did a lot of tests and found the aneurysm that was rupturing at that point.”
Haynesworth, who said he spent 11 days in intensive care at a Fort Lauderdale hospital, also claims he has suffered from confusion and memory loss.
“A lot of things, I just can’t remember. I don’t feel as sharp as I used to as far as problem-solving and answering questions and things,” he said.
“It sounds crazy, but sometimes, writing my own name, I kind of forget the signature of how I normally write. Or sending long texts, my words get backwards. It’s crazy, but hopefully as time goes on, I get better.”
Haynesworth says his doctors are unsure whether head injuries suffered during his NFL career definitively caused the aneurysms or his cognitive troubles.
“They can’t say. They said I could have had it, but they said football definitely didn’t help. I don’t really know. I have no idea. I’m not a doctor,” Haynesworth said. “I don’t want to blame it on football, and I don’t want to say, ‘Hey, it didn’t have anything to do with it.’ ”
Haynesworth played 10 seasons in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, parlaying Pro Bowl berths in 2007 and 2008 into a seven-year, $100 million free agent contract with the Redskins. It’s considered one of the worst free agent signings in history, as Haynesworth would play only 20 games over two seasons before he was traded to New England for a fifth-round draft pick in 2011.