The conditioning test remains the most vivid memory of Albert Haynesworth’s time in Washington.
In 2010, then-Redskins coach Mike Shanahan made Haynesworth pass the test before joining the team at training camp.
The test consisted of two 300-yard shuttle runs completed in a certain amount of time, and it took Haynesworth 10 days to pass it.
Haynesworth, a star pass rusher for the Tennessee Titans, signed with the Redskins 10 years ago, in February of 2009. He signed a seven-year deal worth $100 million, with $41 million guaranteed and incentives that could have raised the value to $115 million.
Instead, Haynesworth lasted two seasons in Washington before being cut. He played another 13 NFL games, with New England and Tampa Bay, before exiting the league with a label he still holds — biggest free agent bust of all time.
The following years had a steady drumbeat of Haynesworth news, first as he sued his former financial adviser, then a media back-and-forth with Shanahan.
In 2015, Haynesworth wrote a letter in The Players Tribune laying out his life to date, and repeating an accusation he’s made many times since — that the Redskins stifled his abilities and did not properly use him within the team’s defense.
Shanahan responded in 2013 at a press conference.
“So the people I look at, that come back and complain or do some of those things that you do when you don’t get along with someone, usually fall into one of those couple of areas,” Shanahan said. “Lazy, lack of passion and, a lot of times, a lack of character. And he fits all three.”
Haynesworth aired those gripes publicly after his first season in Washington, after which coach Jim Zorn was fired.
“If they keep this system the way it is, then they would label Albert Haynesworth a bust who didn’t live up to the contract,” Haynesworth said to The Washington Post at the time. “Everybody would say he just took the money and ran off. And I’m still playing as hard as I possibly can. But you can only do so much within the system that’s put around you.”
While Haynesworth cashed in with the Redskins, he ended up suing his financial adviser for mismanaging the money.
The case went to arbitration, with Haynesworth asking for $30 million in damages. He ultimately received $390,000.
Haynesworth reportedly lives outside Nashville now and has a son, Ahsharri, who has gained recognition for his football and basketball play. Ahsharri is a high school senior; he is being recruited by colleges as a football player.
As for Albert Haynesworth, his signing remains a reference point every year when the league’s free agency coverage begins.
His deal was ultimately topped in 2015 by Ndamukong Suh, another pass rusher who came with questions about whether he played dirty. Suh signed with the Miami Dolphins for six years, $114.4 million. Suh ended up lasting three seasons in Miami.