Former Tennessee defensive tackle Darwin Walker is contemplating a return to the NFL after sitting out last season.
"I haven't ruled out the possibility of playing still," said Walker, who played nine seasons in the NFL. "I've had a couple of offers. I turned them all down."
Walker said he would only play for a championship contender. He's still stung by the Super Bowl he lost with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2004.
"I've played in it and I lost it; I never got over that feeling," Walker said. "If I could just get one, I'd be happy."
Walker said he believes he could bring veteran leadership to an NFL team - and a presence in the middle of a defensive line.
"That's important," he said. "When you've got that in the middle, it's hard to beat a defense."
Until that time comes - if it even does, Walker is busy enough raising two small children, being a mostly silent partner in the engineering firm he created then sold and dabbling in commercial real estate.
Walker, who broke UT's bench press record in 1999, grew even stronger in the NFL. He bench pressed 600 pounds before suffering a torn pectoral muscle that has altered his lifting.
Walker said he's only aware of one other player in the NFL that benched 600 pounds: former Dallas Cowboy offensive lineman Larry Allen, who Walker played twice a season while with the Eagles.
"Larry Allen was a beast," Walker said flatly.
Hey Albert: Albert Haynesworth was the talk of the inaugural A3 Golf Tournament - even if he wasn't talking.
Media covering Friday's event were quickly informed that the former UT defensive tackle wouldn't be granting interviews.
That was hardly surprising considering Haynesworth has been in the middle of an ongoing public battle with the Washington Redskins.
The strife began when Haynesworth was asked to play nose guard in a 3-4 defense, a move he reportedly declined. Then, the Redskins announced they are seeking to recoup the $21 million paid to Haynesworth since he didn't show up for a recent off-season workout.
But what may have stung the most was when Redskins' players spoke out against Haynesworth earlier this month.
Haynesworth didn't seem to mind as he chatted with fans and media about his boat and his business interest, notably the motorcycle dealerships he recently purchased.
Former UT linebacker Al Wilson actually seemed more bothered by the reports out of Washington than Haynesworth.
"I think his teammates should support him a little more," Wilson said. "I do believe that.
"A lot of times players, when (players) get in front of cameras, they allow emotions to take over. It shouldn't be that way. Some things should be in house. Some things you should keep to yourself."
Dooley Noted: Wilson is all aboard the Derek Dooley bandwagon.
"I think Dooley is doing everything right," Wilson said of the first-year UT coach. "From what I'm hearing and what I see, guys are buying into what he is trying to do.
"They're loving his personality and loving his coaching style. Sounds like they want to go play for him. That's the first step in being a great team again."
Wilson is also a fan of Dooley's dedication to character development.
"If you have character, you can't put a price on it," Wilson said.
Wilson's World: Wilson is hopeful his son has recovered from the cancerous brain tumors and subsequent treatment that he has been enduring for months.
"He's being a kid again," Wilson said. "It's exciting. It's fun to see him actually smiling and enjoying life and running around again."
Wilson said his son will undergo tests next week to determine the effectiveness of the treatments.
"We pray to God he's cancer free," he said.
Berry's World: Former UT safety Eric Berry has learned that knowledge equals speed after his first round of off-season work with the Kansas City Chiefs.
"When I first got out there, it was pretty fast just because you've got vets," said Berry, who was selected with the fifth pick in the NFL draft in April. "They know where they're going. There's nothing they haven't seen before on a football field. Once they see it, they're gone. It's automatic. That's why the game is so much faster."
Berry expects the game to get even faster when the Chiefs don full pads, then play a game this fall.
Berry said it's been an interesting transition working with former Alabama defensive back Javier Arenas.
"We used to bang heads a lot, but now we're on the same team," Berry said. "At the end of the day, we are all SEC. It's kind of like a brotherhood almost, coming out of the SEC."
Berry said the Chiefs' defense is much like the Chief's - former UT defensive coordinator John Chavis.
"A lot of the plays, a lot of the techniques we use, he had a lot of those same ones," Berry said. "I think that helped me out a whole lot."
That's good news for fans who prefer to see Berry roaming the defensive backfield. The All-American was more of a linebacker than safety last season under defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.
Berry will be working out until July 10 in Kansas City. Training camp begins July 29.