Former NFL defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth reached out for help on social media after he was hospitalized with kidney failure earlier this week.
A Wednesday night Instagram post from Haynesworth’s verified account shows the 38-year-old laid up in a hospital bed at a Vanderbilt University. The post requested assistance with a kidney transplant.
“I’m in dire need of a kidney,” the post said. “Mine have finally failed me on July 7, 2019.”
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Well this hard for me to say but my doctors said I should reach out to my family, friends and fans Some of you may know I’ve been battling kidney disease for a few years now the time has come family, friends and fans I’m in dire need of a kidney mine have finally failed me on July 7 2019. It’s hard to believe from being a professional athlete to only 8 season in retirement that my body has taken another major blow. First with the brain aneurism 3 seasons out of the NFL to now my kidneys failing me. But the bright side of this latest ordeal I can ask for help by asking for someone to generously donate a kidney. If you are interested in giving this precious gift please call Vanderbilt at 615-936-0695 and hit option 2. GOD BLESS thank you for your prayers and thanks for sharing this message. #VFL #TITANUP
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The defensive tackle, who was known for his chippy attitude, had a 10-year career and made two Pro Bowls while playing for the Tennessee Titans. He played two seasons for the Washington Redskins and split his final season (2011) with the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He retired from the NFL in 2011 and has dealt with multiple medical issues since, according to Yahoo! Sports.
In 2016, Haynesworth said he almost died from two brain aneurysms the previous year, which led to an 11-day stay at an intensive care unit, the outlet reported.
The Instagram post alluded to the issues, as well.
“First with the brain (aneurysm) 3 seasons out of the NFL to now my kidneys failing me,” the post read.
According to NFL.com, he ended his career with 301/2 sacks, 347 tackles and 65 QB hits.
Haynesworth played college ball at Tennessee and was a first-round pick for the Titans in 2002.