February 1, 2011

Albert Haynesworth Voted One Of The Most Disliked Figures In Sports

Albert Haynesworth isn't just hated in Washington. Apparently, the negative feelings towards the surly defensive tackle resound around the nation.

Fat Albert came to DC amid much fanfare. He'll be lucky if he leaves without being tarred and feathered by a contingent of burgundy and gold clad season ticket holders. In his wake he leaves a legacy of failed wind sprints, belly flops, some failed business ventures, and a general nonchalance in regards to life.

He'll also carry with him the distinction of being the seventh most hated figure in sports.

Forbes.com featured Haynesworth in a slideshow of the top ten most hated figures in sports today. He landed in between St Louis Cardinals home run king Mark McGwire who was number eight and Cincinnati Bengals prima donna wide receiver Terrell Owens at number six.

I knew Al wasn't popular in the area, but I thought the national storylines from the season were long blown over. After all, he didn't play the final four games of the season after Mike Shanahan suspended him for what he described as "simply existing" conduct detrimental to the team. I believed that would have given him time to move out of the spotlight and make way for the Lebron Jameses of the world.

However, James was absent from the list and the Nielsen poll had 46% percent of the voters hating on Washington's $100 million man.

Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis won the top spot with 68% dislike. Michael Vick's impressive year couldn't absolve him of past crimes as the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback came in at number two with 56%. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was number three while Tiger Woods and Manny Ramirez rounded out the top five.

The Redskins are looking to part ways with Haynesworth and will likely look for a trade partner willing to surrender a mid-round draft pick in exchange for the mercurial defensive lineman's services. When motivated, he can still be a dominant player and there has been speculation he could end up with either the Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles, or his former team, the Tennessee Titans.

Haynesworth played under Lions' coach Jim Schwartz when the latter was the defensive coordinator in Tennessee. Current Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn coached him in Tennessee and though Jeff Fisher was recently given the boot by owner Bud Adams, Haynesworth hasn't seemed opposed to returning to the Titans.

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