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Ruegamer & lamb castrating

Posted by Chris Forsberg, Boston.com Staff  January 26, 2008 09:13 AM

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Ever wonder what old friend Grey Ruegamer is up to? When not protecting Giants quarterback Eli Manning or celebrating a touchdown with Amani Toomer (right), Ruegamer -- an Arizona State University product who was part of the Patriots' Super Bowl victory during the 2001 season -- is catching up with the papers back in the Grand Canyon State about his previous work duties.

From the East Valley Tribune:

Castrating a lamb with your teeth is a pretty simple procedure, really. Grey Ruegamer knows. “You grab the forelegs and pin them to the ground, and then you grab the back legs and throw them on their back,” Ruegamer said.

And when the, uh, target area is exposed, “away you go. It’s the way the Basques do it.”

Ruegamer, a former Arizona State All-American who will return for Super Bowl XLII with the New York Giants, became a practitioner when a family friend, who is Basque, asked for extra help on her working sheep and cattle ranch outside Las Vegas, Nev., where Ruegamer grew up.

Later in the article, summonsing his inner Belichick for at least part of a quote, Ruegamer adds:

“I was hesitant,” Ruegamer said with a laugh. “But it is what it is. She needed help. There was beer. Good times. It was worth it.”

As for the procedure itself, “you pull them out with your teeth, spit them in a bucket, next one.

“There was other work that had to get done, so we had to hurry with that and move onto the next thing. It’s just a little lamb. It’s not a big animal. I have pictures.

“The blood on your mustache is the worst part.”

If you weren't thoroughly grossed out yet, here's more from the article:

“Grey is not somebody you want to mess with,” Giants center and captain Shaun O’Hara said.

“He keeps all of his toenail clippings and callous shavings all season long in a cup, and if anybody wrongs him and he deems it necessary, he will dump that cup in a personal belonging of theirs. He’s known for that.”

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