Haynesworth: Garrett's compliment 'generous'


Haynesworth: Garrett's compliment 'generous'

By Adam Hart

If Albert Haynesworth's resume in New England is "outstanding," you've got him fooled.

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett told reporters in a conference call Wednesday, "Haynesworth's done an outstanding job for them."

Yes, the same Albert Haynesworth who's registered two tackles and zero sacks in three games with the Patriots. Whether he's been an otherwise "disruptive force" is in the eye of the beholder. And all Haynesworth's seeing is kind words.

"Aww, that's very generous of him," Haynesworth said of Garrett's remarks, in a Quick Slants interview with CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran. "But I haven't even scratched the surface yet. I could play a lot better and play a lot of things a lot better."

He told reporters Wednesday he considers himself a perfectionist, never looking to "slack" when he could be improving on a sack or tackle he's made. Even if, as is the case now, he hasn't made many.

"If I ain't making every tackle, every sack, every pass defense, you know I'm not satisfied," he said.

But that work ethic and desire isn't the impression given off by his time with the Washington Redskins. Those two years in Washington are part of a long rap sheet that's caused him to be misunderstood, he says.

"With media guys, they put their little spin on it," Haynesworth told Curran. "Everybody I've always met, they've always said you're nothing like what they say on TV or write in the paper about you. Everybody I met here, they thought I was going to be some stuck-up guy or something like that, and I'm just one of the guys. I don't want to be any different from anybody else. I want to be treated the same. I don't want that high-profile status."

Why? Because success is hard.

"It's kind of a give and take. Yeah, you get things for being successful and famous, but it's a little bit of a curse," he told Curran.

Same goes for money. Haynesworth has been said to be motivated by it solely, and that any success on the playing field is a byproduct of that hunt for cash. But everything's not always coming up roses for a wealthy athlete like him, especially when targeted by "business people."

"They really try to get at athletes and I've been taken a lot, being so generous I guess and thinking things will work out," Haynesworth told Curran. "If I could tell any young professional athletes, it's keep your money, get it with a great financial adviser and put it away."

It's a difficult lesson learned, but one that has Haynesworth more aware of his surroundings off the field.

Now how about on it?

Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate


Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate

When the topic of Deflategate was broached on HBO's Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons, which debuted this week, Ben Affleck became all kinds of fired up.

"What they did was suspend Tom Brady for four days for not giving them his [expletive] cellphone," Affleck said. "I would never give an organization as leak-prone as the NFL my [expletive] cellphone . . . so you can just look through my emails and listen to my voicemails?"

Affleck grew up in Cambridge, Mass. and is a passionate Patriots fan. He made no attempts to hide his fandom, and his appreciation for Brady, as he and Simmons (also a Patriots fan) discussed the football-deflation controversy that has now lasted well over a year. 

Affleck, who said he would want to cast himself as Brady if ever a Deflategate movie was made, harped on the fact that the league wanted Brady to turn over his phone. 

"Maybe Tom Brady is so [expletive] classy and such a [expletive] gentleman," Affleck said, "that he doesn’t want people to know that he may have reflected on his real opinion on some of his co-workers."

Brady is waiting for the Second Circuit to make a decision as to whether or not it will rehear his case against the NFL. Earlier this offseason, the Second Circuit reinstated Brady's four-game suspension issued by the league when a three-judge panel ruled in favor of the NFL, 2-1. 

Pro Football Talk wrote on Thursday that a decision from the Second Circuit could come at any time. If the rehearding request is denied, Brady could then take the case to the Supreme Court. Should the Second Circuit grant Brady a rehearing, his suspension would be delaed until the court reached a decision. In that case, Brady could potentially play the entire 2016 season before a decision came to pass. 

Brady posts high school essay to Facebook on living in his sisters' shadow


Brady posts high school essay to Facebook on living in his sisters' shadow

Tom Brady wasn't always the most famous person in his family. Growing up, his sisters were the accomplished athletes in the household. 

For his latest Throwback Thursday style Facebook post, Brady published a pair of photos of an old high school essay that he wrote in the fall of his senior year in 1994. It was titled "The way my sisters influenced me."

I found an essay I wrote in 1994... I love my big sisters! #tbt. Thanks for the good grade Mr Stark!

Posted by Tom Brady on Thursday, June 23, 2016

In it, he discusses some of the difficulties of growing up with three older sisters and no brothers. Because Maureen, Julie and Nancy Brady had achieved so much in softball, basketball and soccer, Brady -- or "Tommy," as he signed his paper -- had trouble getting noticed. 

Of course, it wouldn't be long before Brady was headed from San Mateo, California to Ann Arbor, Michigan in order to play football for the Wolverines. He probably had no trouble garnering attention by then. Still, it's funny to read about how he felt overlooked in his youth. 

He closed the essay explaining that he knew his sisters would always provide him support throughout his life, adding, "hopefully, just maybe, one day people will walk up to them and say, 'Aren't you Tommy's sister?' or 'Hey where is your brother?' Maybe . . . "

If the Brady sisters didn't get those kinds of comments by the time the baby of the family was given an 'A' for his English assignment, it probably didn't take long before they did. About seven years later, he took over as the starting quarterback of the Patriots.