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When Grant Feasel retired from the NFL, Cyndy Feasel watched the man she loved become a different person and stood powerless as alcohol and painkillers became Grant's medications for the trauma he experienced on the football field. Helmet-to-helmet collisions and the resulting concussions opened the door to CTE and transformed Grant from a sunny and loving man into a dark shadow of his former self.
In this raw and emotional memoir, Cyndy describes in painful and excruciating detail what can happen to an NFL player and his family when the stadium lights go down. A tale of destruction wrought by a game millions love and a powerful warning for football moms everywhere, After the Cheering Stops is also the story of the hard-won hope found in God's presence when everything else falls apart.
Number of Pages: 251
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.25 X 0.75 (inches)|
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Former NFL wife Cyndy Feasel tells the tragic story of her familys journey into chaos and darkness resulting from the damage her husband suffered due to football-related concussions and head traumaand the faith that saved her.
"If Id only known what I loved the most would end up killing me and taking away everything I loved, I would have never done it." Grant Feasel
Grant Feasel spent ten years in the NFL, playing 117 games as a center and a long snapper mostly for the Seattle Seahawks. The skull-battering, jaw-shaking collisions he absorbed during those years ultimately destroyed his marriage and fractured his family. Grant died on July 15, 2012, at the age of 52, the victim of alcohol abuse and a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.
Cyndy Feasel watched their life together become a living hell as alcohol became Grants medication for a disease rooted in the scores of concussions he suffered on the football field. Helmet-to-helmet collisions opened the door to CTE and transformed him from a sunny, strong, and loving man into a dark shadow of his former self. In this raw and emotional memoir that takes a closer look at the destruction wrought by a game millions love, Cyndy describes in painful and excruciating detail what can happen to an NFL player and his family when the stadium empties and the lights go down. A powerful tale of warning for football moms and NFL wives everywhere, After the Cheering Stops is also a story of the hard-won hope found in Gods presence when everything else falls apart.
Cyndy Feasel was married for twenty-nine years to NFL lineman Grant Feasel, who was discovered after his death to have developed CTEa progressive degenerative brain diseasefrom the concussions he received playing football. An art teacher in Fort Worth, Texas, Cyndy is committed to raising awareness of CTE and the dangers of repetitive head injury.
Mike Yorkey is the author, co-author, editor, or collaborator of one hundred books. He has written for The Los Angeles Times travel section, Skiing, Tennis Week, World Tennis, City Sports, and Racquet. He lives in Encinitas, California.
BernCaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Raw and candidMarch 10, 2017BernCaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Cyndy Feasel is amazingly candid as she shares her personal story of the consequences of her husband's continued physical abuse as he returned to the football field time and time again. After the Cheering Stops, is an honest look at the progression of their family's downward spiral as Grant attempted to self medicate through prescription pain relievers and alcohol. Once an National Football League player, Grant Feasal died at the age of 52 from alcohol abuse and CTE, chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
In American society, where sports is prominent and the center of much of life, the cost of the life style is a sobering reality. Cyndy begins their story in college at Abilene Christian University where she and Grant first met and was a star football player on a full-ride scholarship.
Interestingly enough, Grant had plans to initially attend Dental school and then Medical school. In his college days, Cyndy describes Grant as a meticulous and diligent student. His grades were strong and he did not anticipate pursuing football after college. Grant had a brilliant mind and an almost photographic memory. Although he had the build of a football prayer, he had a mind that could easily pursue numerous careers in the medical field. Both he and Cyndy were faithful in their ministry at school and were also faithful to attend church together.
When Grant was drafted into the NFL, their life was turned upside down. With each collision with other players - Grant's body deteriorated. His continued decline, led to significant alcohol abuse. And of course, the abuse to his body and his head in particular affected his behavior and his marriage.
This was a sad and difficult story to read. On the practical side, I think about the many medical personnel and coaches that should have been able to see Grant's decline and assist Cyndy and Grant deal with the challenges of life in the NFL. Additionally, I was it saddened me to read that Cyndy was not comfortable reaching out to her church family and pastors so that they could have, Lord willing, lovingly walked alongside their family. I can only imagine how her situation was extremely difficult and personal, especially since Grant was a public figure as an NFL player.
Cyndy even alluded to this and how she wished she had reached out and let them know what was going on. At the height of Grant's alcohol abuse, it was clear that he had a problem as he stumbled and slurred his words.
Ultimately, I commend Cyndy for her courage to share very honestly the long term affects that haunted Grant and ultimately led to his death at age 52. The medical doctors were able to confirm that he did die from alcohol abuse and the degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Her book is a great eye opener for all of us as we continue to push our children into more and more competitive sports activities.