Former Tennessee defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth revealed Thursday that brain aneurysms almost killed him in November of 2014.
“I almost died,” Haynesworth, 34, told Nashville’s 104.5 The Zone, via ESPN’s Paul Kuharsky. “I had two brain aneurysms that were nearly rupturing. I went and talked to my doctor in Florida, and he was like, ‘Man, your blood pressure is through the roof. I’m going to admit you.’ They did a lot of tests and found the aneurysm that was rupturing at that point.”
Kuharsky reported that Haynesworth said he required brain surgery, leaving him in the hospital for 11 days.
Some functions as simple as signing his name or sending long texts Haynesworth said can be a struggle.
“It’s crazy,” he said, “but hopefully as time goes on, I get better.”
Haynesworth spent three seasons at the University of Tennessee, compiling 66 total tackles and 15.5 tackles for loss. He was selected by the Tennessee Titans with the 15th pick in the 2002 NFL Draft. He played for the Titans, the Washington Redskins, the New England Patriots and the Tampa Buccaneers over the span of his 10-year career.
Haynesworth isn’t positive the brain aneurysms he suffered have a direct connection to football. But he doesn’t want to say it didn’t, either.
“[Doctors] can’t say,” Haynesworth said. ” They said I could have had it, but they said football definitely didn’t help. I don’t really know. I have no idea. I’m not a doctor. I don’t want to blame it on football, and I don’t want to say, ‘Hey, it didn’t have anything to do with it.'”