Nate Jackson’s Slow Getting Up is an unvarnished and uncensored memoir of everyday life in the most popular sports league in America - and the most damaging to its players - the National Football League.
After playing college ball at a tiny Division III school, Jackson, a receiver, signed as a free agent with the San Francisco 49ers, before moving to the Denver Broncos. For six seasons in the NFL as a Bronco, he alternated between the practice squad and the active roster, eventually winning a starting spot - a short, tenuous career emblematic of the average pro player.
Drawing from his own experience, Jackson tells the little-known story of the hundreds of everyday, "expendable" players whose lives are far different from their superstar colleagues.
From scouting combines to training camps, off-season parties to game-day routines, debilitating physical injuries - including degenerative brain conditions - to poor pensions and financial distress, he offers a funny, and shocking look at life in the NFL, and the young men who risk their health and even their lives to play the game.
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Ok but not great
I would only recommend this book to an avid NFL fan. Didn't really feel the empathy for Nate that I expected reading other reviews. Interesting in parts but not enough for me personally.
Nate's story is what it is. A journeyman player trying keep his head above water in a cutthroat business.
Narration was fine.
- Mrs J Fenlon
The author narrated the book, and gave a great insight into the book. very interesting read for any NFL fan
Nate Jackson, it was about him
The truthfullness and true account in the book
Well worth a read for any one interested in the NFL and behind the scenes