Haynesworth the halfback

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Turns out that All Pro defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who now terrorizes blockers and quarterbacks at 6-foot-6 and 350 pounds, used to be a running back and a tight end.

“I used to be a running back [in sixth grade],” Haynesworth said. “I was pretty good. I made all-stars. I didn’t just run people over either. I could move. Then I went to junior high. I went down there with the running backs. I’m like all taller than them. [And the coach says], ‘What the hell are you thinking? Get down with the linemen.’ So I had to go and out my hand on the ground. I guess it’s worked out for me.”

Haynesworth said he played some tight end in high school in  Hartsville, S.C. He caught a couple of touchdowns and helped his team make the playoffs. He was also on the track team. As a 280-pound junior, Haynesworth said he ran the 100 in 11.5 or 11.7 seconds, he couldn’t remember.

Haynesworth was in Tennessee when Redskins offensive coordinator Sherman Smith was coaching the Titans’ running backs. Haynesworth said he took some practice reps as an extra tight end in a goal line package.

“That would be nice,” Haynesworth said about playing on offense in a game.

Just not too nice for those defenders trying to stop him.

— David Elfin

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David Elfin

David Elfin

David Elfin has been following Washington-area sports teams since the late 1960s. David began his journalism career at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., history) and Syracuse University (M.S., telecommunications). He wrote for the Bulletin (Philadelphia), the Post-Standard (Syracuse) and The Washington Post before coming to The Washington Times in 1986. He has covered colleges, the Orioles ...

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