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First Cut [Kindle Edition]

Pat Toomay
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Book Description

Reflecting on the current suffering of former NFL football players, Pat Toomay recalls the cataclysmic events of his first knee surgery and the light he encountered in the darkest of depths.

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  • File Size: 89 KB
  • Print Length: 12 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LROTSM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,310,208 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Injury leads to greatness and wisdom February 3, 2011
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Pat and I shared the same doctor, the same hospital the same "first cut" experience @ the same time and from the same spring practice football injury. We both entered Vanderbilt in 1966 with a football scholarship and began our new gladiator life buried in the dry sunburnt southern dirt and covered with muddy and steaming 100 degree sweat in the oppressive August heat. Wallowing in pain from 2-a-day exhaustion, we both learned the Civil War was still being fought on these southern battlefields. Massive culture shock exploded our northern beliefs and we both realized that observation and quiet smiles hid our true feelings from the murading red neck crusaders trying to figure out if we were on their side or not. Pat was an intellectual, a writer and thinker and I was an artist. Both of us tried very hard to avoided being discovered so we could pursue our adolescent NFL dreams of glory and maintain our sensitivity. 40 years later after following different paths, we reconnected by dying and coming back to life. Our journey to the other side was another shared explosion of consciousness and enlightenment. We both found freedom through death and are again united in life. Pat's words are golden and his destiny is to educate, entertain and move mountains. Tom Wuchina
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By Jerry
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I read "First Cut" and really liked it. In this story, Pat shows the fragility of football player's body and psyche and how the two are connected. Pat is one of those rare individuals who was a great athlete (he played for four NFL teams, including the Cowboys and Raiders in they heydays) and is an outstanding author. I enjoy Pat's writing because he is able to put into words what many of us former football players experienced, but are unable to describe. (I had a long career as a defensive lineman for the Cleveland Browns, and I was also a photographer. I always wanted to be able to write about my experiences, but when I see the quality of Pat's writing I know I made the right decision in sticking with pictures.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Under the knife January 17, 2012
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Having been there and done that albeit it due to an injury in a different sport (rodeo), I enjoyed the perspective of the semi private room ( I was in the Army when mine was done) and the other folks in the room. It is so well written you can feel the state of mind Mr. Toomay was in. This one was so good I bought another.
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By Jerry
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I read "First Cut" and really liked it. In this story, Pat shows the fragility of football player's body and psyche and how the two are connected. Pat is one of those rare individuals who was a great athlete and is an outstanding author. (For those of you who don't know Pat, he played for four NFL teams, including the Cowboys and Raiders in their heydays.) I enjoy Pat's writing because he is able to put into words what many of us former football players experienced (I had a long career with the Browns), but are unable to describe.
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