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Friday, August 18, 2006

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Posted By on Fri, Aug 18, 2006 at 6:11 AM

NY Times checks in with former Hog great and current pro football broadcaster Pat Summerall on the occasion of his new autobiography. He recounts difficult days preceding a liver transplant two years ago.

But as he recounts in his new autobiography, “Summerall: On and Off the Air” (Nelson Books), he nearly died before his transplant. In the days after the surgery, he went from being irritable to turning “berserk,” the result, doctors said, of fatigue and his medication.

•He screamed at his family, shouted, demanded that he be flown home on Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’s jet, refused his medication, ran down the hospital corridor with his gown flapping open (a sight topped by a towel on his head as a turban) and insisted that parts of his body were gone.

“Pat, what is wrong with you?” his wife, Cheri, asked.

“What do you think is wrong with me?” he answered. “My lips just fell off! Quick, grab my arm — it’s going, too. And my leg!”

Summerall also sheared off some of his hair with an electric razor in an inexplicable effort to resemble Bruce Willis.

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