Slow Getting up

Slow Getting up

A Story of NFL Survival From the Bottom of the Pile

Book - 2013
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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.

Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper,, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780062108029
Branch Call Number: 921 JAC
Characteristics: 243 pages ; 24 cm


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Jan 28, 2016

I couldn't put this book down. I think every football fan would gain a better perspective of the life of the men who play professional football

Mar 23, 2014

Must-read book for any NFL fan.

Feb 10, 2014

Extremely well-written and an excellent read

carmeloanthony Jan 27, 2014

this book is not from a journalists perspective rather from someone who actually played

Dec 11, 2013

Life in the NFL from the perspective of a player who lasted twice as long as most (six seasons). The medical aspect was the only surprising part. A lot of the other stuff (machismo, groupies, drinking etc...) was not surprising. Even the combo of medical/other stuff, is it an NFL thing or a Pro Sports thing? My votes the latter.......

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