Former Patriots defensive lineman says he needs kidney transplant

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2019

Less than a day since call for help, former National Football League star defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has received an outpouring of volunteers as he seeks out a kidney donor.

Haynesworth, 38, said he has been battling kidney disease for a few years.

Haynesworth announced that he'd suffered kidney failure and was in need of a donor in an Instagram post Wednesday, which pictured him receiving treatment at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

"It's hard to believe from being a professional athlete to only 8 seasons in retirement that my body has taken another major blow", said the former football star, who signed a seven-year contract with the Washington Redskins in 2009, but played less than two full seasons.

Haynesworth's kidneys have reportedly not completely shut down, though he still required two rounds of dialysis on Monday and Tuesday.

Haynesworth played 10 seasons in the NFL.

It has been eight years since Haynesworth retired from the National Football League in 2011, and he has seen no shortage of medical issues since. He made it to the Pro Bowl when he was with the Titans, in 2007 and 2008.

Haynesworth had his greatest season in 2008, when he had 8½ sacks while leading the Titans to a 13-3 record and the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC before they lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional playoffs. "But the bright side of this latest ordeal I can ask for help by asking for someone to generously donate a kidney", the father of three said of his two brain aneurysms in 2014 that almost killed him. "I don't feel as sharp as I used to as far as problem-solving and answering questions and things", Haynesworth said. Haynesworth referenced that issue in his Instagram post.

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