After the Cheering Stops
An NFL Wife’s Story of Concussions, Loss, and the Faith that Saw Her Through
By Cyndy Feasel with Mike Yorkey
Published by Thomas Nelson
Former NFL wife Cyndy Feasel tells the tragic story of her family’s journey into chaos and darkness resulting from the damage her husband suffered due to football-related concussions and head trauma—and the faith that saved her.
“If I’d 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 Grant’s 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 God’s presence when everything else falls apart.
This is a story that will hit so very close to home to many of us "football" moms here in the South.
Reading this personal narrative, I was so very touched by the raw emotion that is in every word. My husband was a football player as well, he was forced to stop playing after a near crippling knee injury. He also has permanent nerve damage in one of his hands, and at 42 has already considered having another knee replacement surgery.
My son, loves football. My little boy is 8, and we had already been approached by a coach before he was 5... it happens.
Reading the story of the Feasel family.... oh my word, I am so touched by the story this family has gone through.
The pain, the love, the fear... the loss. Please, if you have family members that play, you MUST read this book! If you want a full and true idea, this is the book for you.
Have tissues ready, and don't say you weren't warned!
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