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Albert Haynesworth of the New England Patriots chats with fans after a game against the Dallas Cowboys at Gillette Stadium on October 16, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Former NFL defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who played part of the 2011 season with the Patriots, publicly revealed his struggles with kidney problems on his Instagram page on Wednesday. Haynesworth last played for the Buccaneers in 2011 before retiring. Now, he says he needs a kidney transplant.

“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,” Haynesowrth’s Instagram post reads. “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.”

Haynesworth, 38, provides the phone number for the Vanderbilt Transplant Center in Nashville, Tennessee at 615-936-0695, as he begins his search for a potential donor.

The former DT played six games for the Patriots in 2011, but most notably played 90 games for the Titans over his first seven seasons in the NFL. In 2008, Haynesworth posted 8.5 sacks and 22 QB hits as he won the Sporting News’ Defensive Player of the Year award.

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