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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.
It’s not often you don’t catch my TV/surround sound blaring some sort of ball. My husband is a die hard fan, and in return, I cheer and support too! However, after reading this book- I’m not sure I will ever look at the game the same again. I wasn’t familiar with Grant Feasel before reading this book, nor was my husband. However, this book totally gave us a whole new perspective.
Cyndy did an amazing job at shining the light on the real impact of each tackle that happens on the field. Her story is straightforward, honest, and brutal as she pours her every hope and desire out to us and compares it to the harsh reality that she got in return. She was robbed of her husband, family,and her happily ever after as the results of the field took over at home. I love how much passion and truth was put into this book. It walks us through the real story of what happens once the players leave the field.
This book was a page turner and kept my attention the entire time. I felt connected and even broke down in tears a few times. It’s a touch read that will leave you wanting more. I’m glad I took the time to read this book and dive into a world I see each week on TV, but hardly know at all.
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Meet The Author:
Cyndy Feasel was married for twenty-nine years to NFL lineman Grant Feasel, who was discovered after his death to have developed CTE—a progressive degenerative brain disease—from 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 lives in Encinitas, California.