Some highlights from Albert Haynesworth’s session with the media Tuesday afternoon
|08.02.11 at 4:52 pm ET|
FOXBORO ‘ Here are some of the highlights from Albert Haynesworth’s Q&A with the media Tuesday afternoon:
How are things so far? “It’s been all right. I’m still getting my legs back. It’s been a long time since I’ve been on the field, so still trying to get that feel out there.”
Do you look at this as a fresh start? “Yeah, of course. It’s a new team. It’s a great organization. I’ve been a fan of this team for a long time, other than when I was playing them, but I always liked the Patriots.”
Have you talked with the Patriots about what your role will be? “I don’t know, just to kill the quarterback.”
How did you find out you were going to New England? “I woke up to a text, 6:30 from my agent and said, ‘We’re going to New England.'”
What was your reaction? “Hell yeah.”
On what he thought of the Patriots: “I’ve always liked coach Belichick, the way he did things, the way the team performed. I’ve came to games when I was in the pros. I came to, I was here when they played the AFC Championship, I want to say they were playing I think San Diego, and I was sitting up in the stands freezing my butt off, I sat there and watched them play. I’ve always been a fan of this team.”
What were those conversations like with Belichick? “Everything is in the past. I’m leaving everything back in Washignton. Right now, I’m just concentrating on being a great football player for this organization.”
You put a pretty good hit on Tom a few years ago: “Yeah, you know what? The first thing, I said, ‘Hey Tom, what’s up?’ and he was like, ‘Hey, you ain’t going to be hitting me anymore.’ Funny.”
Did you know anyone on this team beforehand? “I went to the Pro Bowl with Vince and the funny thing is when we were at the Pro Bowl, I said, ‘Man, what if we were on the same team? That’d be crazy.’ He said, ‘No way that’s going to happen.’ But shoot, look, two or three years later, here we are.”
When you say restore your name, what do you mean by that? “Just, you know, to show that Albert Haynesworth can still play football. That’s how I got a name, I guess, other than the one my family gave to me. That’s what everybody knows me as ‘ Haynesworth, To show everybody that I can still play football.”
Are you willing to play in a 3-4? “I’m willing to attack the quarterback and kill the running back and knock everything back.”
Are you willing to play two-gap? “I don’t care what it is. Whatever gap the ball is in, that’s the gap I want to be in.”
Are you a high-motor player? “High motor? High motor player is like Kyle Vanden Bosch, someone who just runs around non-stop like they have batteries up their behind. But that’s not me.”
What do you respect the most about Belichick and getting the chance to play for him? “Being outside, I don’t know, just the way he handles the team and everything. Now, being inside, it’s very detail oriented. He demands perfection every time. I’ve been on some really good teams with a lot of great players, but I’ve never been in a situation where it’s like perfection every time. And not like, for a person, but for a team.”
Biggest surprise of last few days? “Just being here. The way everybody takes me in like I’m just part of the family already. I met with coach and we’ve had a great conversation and I met with Mr. Kraft and we had a great conversation and Pep. Everything has been great. The players, even some of the fans I’ve ran into, everybody here has been awesome.”
Were you surprised at fan reaction? “No, my best friend, he lives here. I’ve been up here a bunch of times secretly, so I knew kind of how people were here. I remember that one time, I guess I was in Tennessee, and I hit Tom, I guess it was in a preseason game, and landed on his shoulder or something. I got a lot of angry texts from 508 numbers up here, so I knew everybody was cool and loved their team.”
Who’s to blame for not playing in Washington? “Well, just the way they had it, the way they wanted to play it. No deal to me. I knew I could still play, so I got a chance to come here and play football. They’re going to put me on the field here and let me play, and it’s going to be fun.”
Do you have something to prove? “No, forget about that stuff. It’s all in the past. It’s all about now, rewriting my name as Albert Haynesworth the Patriot.”
How much responsibility do you take for things that went wrong in Washington? “Well, it’s all got my name on it. It’s just whatever, but I’m just going to leave that in the past, leave that in Washington and have a fresh, new, clean start here in New England.”
What do you say to people who shouldn’t touch you or put you on their team? “I don’t have to worry about that anymore because I’m a New England Patriot.”
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