(Pat, on the right, back in the days when we didn’t have to worry about Joe Buck making an inevitable “Simpsons” cameo)
The lighter side (well, not really) of Pat Summerall’s post-liver transplant delirium, as told to the New York Times’ Richard Sandomir.
As he recounts in his new autobiography, œSummerall: 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 œberserk, 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.
œPat, what is wrong with you? his wife, Cheri, asked.
œWhat do you think is wrong with me? he answered. œMy 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.
œI remember some of it, he said yesterday, œbut not all the things my wife and kids tell me. There were things I had no recollection of, like singing œGod Bless America and œAmazing Grace at the top of my lungs.
He added: œWhy I had to look like Bruce Willis, I don™t know. I™m not a particular fan of his.