Monday, August 20, 2012
the last book I ever read (Instant Replay, excerpt seven)
from Instant Replay: The Green Bay Diary of Jerry Kramer by Jerry Kramer and Dick Schaap:
I saw the play that gave me the concussion. I cut down the defensive end, Ed O'Bradovich, and I rolled over on my back and, as I raised myself toward a sitting position, Dick Evey, Chicago's right tackle, started to jump over me. I came up, and his knee caught me flush between the eyes. I went down like a shot, but then I got up and went back into the huddle. I played a few more plays in the second quarter, then sat out the whole second half. The moment it happened, I knew I had a concussion. I knew I was in a world of trouble. Physically, I felt all right, but I knew I couldn't think straight. Four or five years ago, against the Los Angeles Rams, I played most of a game with a concussion. Forrest Gregg told me what to do on every play. He said, "Block the tackle," or, "Pull and block the end," and I actually played fairly well. I did what I was supposed to. Between college and the pros, I've had four or five concussions now, and I supposed I'm getting used to them.