SAN ANTONIO - AUGUST 06: Center Andre Gurode #65 of the Dallas Cowboys during training camp at the Alamodome on August 6, 2009 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
In the tradition of Johnny Lawrence graciously handing over the All-Valley Karate Tournament trophy to Daniel LaRusso--who had previously been beaten, mugged and debilitated (via a leg sweep) by the Cobra Kai--Cowboys center Andre Gurode and Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth have apparently buried the hatchet.
It was a little over three years ago that Haynesworth, then of the Tennessee Titans, stomped Gurode's helmet-less face after a play, resulting in a large gash for Gurode and a five-game suspension for Haynesworth.
They say time heals all wounds, and perhaps it does; but in Gurode's case, it took time and plastic surgery.
"We talked before on the phone," Haynesworth said to the Dallas media in a Wednesday conference call. "We have talked about it. Everything is cool between us."
Haynesworth said that the two have spent time together at the Pro Bowl, and, with the first regular season meeting between he and Gurode since the incident approaching, the defensive tackle had high praises for the man whose face he once used as a sort of doormat.
"I can't name too many centers that are better than him," Haynesworth said. "He is up there with Jeff Saturday from the Colts. He is one of the best centers in the game."