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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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.
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
I freaking loved this book! it gave me a new insight into a sport that I love watching! I feel like his story can be relatable for a lot of people within competitive industries like sport or music. Please read it if you like the NFL in any capacity!
Great story, read with humility and passion. It makes a refreshing change to hear the inside story of what a professional athlete has to endure to chase their NFL dream.
I really warmed to Nate as a character throughout this book. He has humility and accepts his limitations and how hard he had to work to overcome them.
We all know the superstars of the NFL. The multimillion dollar deals, the Pro Bowls, the Super Bowls. This book opens the door on the workaday jocks fighting every day to make the team.
Interlaced with Nate Jackson's wit are harrowing stories about battling injury, the impact on relationships being a pro athlete has, and the lengths (or depths) some players will go to to keep their dream alive.
A moving story, wonderfully read by the author.
Yes, it is very honest and entertaining
Nate, of course
Nate himself, there are times when he is living the dream of many wannabe sportsman, there are other times, real lows, no glossing over
Strangely enough yes
It was a book I thought I might regret buying as at first Nate doesn't seem very likeable, but as his story plays out, I found myself rooting for him, right up to the melancholy ending.
"It's not art, but it is insightful"
Nate Jackson provides a very clear picture of what life is like for a professional football player, from the pain of a torn muscle to the availability of "jersey chasers" for a pro athlete. He peppers his story with more philosophical meanderings and extended metaphors than you might imagine, but it's largely an instructive, interesting, informative inside look inside the locker room.
"Great inside look"
Really enjoyed this book. Having seen my buddies go through this grinder after college, Jackson describes its eloquently and spot on.
"Great story of how the NFL works"
Thanks for writing the book Nate!! A great honest (apparently) and rich story of the journey including hopes fears joys and disappointments.
"A very personal view of life in the NFL"
You can't help but root for Nate Jackson, who comes across as an unusually self-aware athlete in this engrossing and hilarious book. He's not a superstar and he knows it. But he's a survivor and we benefit from his observations and analysis.
This is a much more intimate book than "Collision Low Crossers", looking more at the player than the team. Both are fascinating if you're interested in the NFL.
It's a real bonus to have Nate Jackson reading the book. His engaging personality really comes through.
"Almost unlistenable...AND I'M A DENVER DIEHARD!"
I wouldn't recommend this to a friend whatsoever. Listening to Nate Jackson was akin to hearing cats in a blender.
I'll be hard pressed to listen to autobiographies of athletes in the future without sampling the book first.
His performance was very wooden. It felt like he was reading, poorly I may add, straight off the pages instead of telling the story in his own words. Adam Carolla, for example, does a great job maknig his performanace sound like that....a perfomrance, not a 6th grade read in front of the class exercise.
I wouldnt' see this movie, because nothing enlightening was really shared. It was a story of a guy who's body was continuously breaking down and little else. I wanted more information on some of the struggles to come up with plans on how to play other teams. Intralocker relationships between the players, coaches, and staff. Everythign was super generic in this book.
"decent at best"
it brings the reader a perspective of what the NFL is really like. told from someone who had to live paycheck to paycheck to make it in the NFL and faced many injuries along the way. i thought he was a bit harsh on the league and a bit depressing at times.
"Very well written"
Thank you Nate. I hope you are happy & doing well these days. Maybe the book was decent post football therapy?
The language was often what is expected of a football player. I found it detracted from the story line.
Though marginally interesting I don't think I could recommend it.
"3.5 stars for this look behind the curtain"
Every Sunday America watches football like a religion but we only see the top layer. In ‘Slow Getting Up’ Nate Jackson tells the listener what it’s like behind the scenes in getting ready for the game and showing what is asked of players to make it to the NFL when you’re not a superstar. This book is a well written memoir which is sometimes funny sometimes poignant but always enlightening.
Having the author read his own book adds to it's gravity and helps get the spirit of the scenes across.
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