TAMPA Albert Haynesworth faced a throng of reporters and TV cameras crowding around his new Tampa Bay Buc locker Thursday and succinctly summed up his life in the not-so-fast lane since 2009.
"This is where I should have been like three years ago," he said.
The one-time dominant defensive tackle for the Tennessee Titans had a chance to play for the Bucs in '09. But something made him spurn a reported 120-million, seven-year offer from the club instead opting to sign for 20-million less with the Washington Redskins.
"You want to know the truth on that one?" he said, smiling. "(The area) was too pretty. It was too much water, too much sun here. I had just bought a nice, big boat and I really thought if I came here I'd mix my time in with football and boating. When I was at Tennessee, (I played football) during football season, and the off-season I did the boating and played around with all my toys.
"That's honest. I should have trusted myself, but I was kind of scared."