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Summary

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.

©2013 Nate Jackson (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Fantastic

Great insight into the NFL world. Nate's natration is also superb. I would highly recommend.

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Great insight with none of the NFL shine...

A fantastic insight into the real story of being an NFL player with none of the usual NFL gloss and hyperbole.

Jackson gives a brutally honest look into his career and his is a story that is probably shared by many hundreds of players who didn’t make it to the top of the NFL mountain as household names.

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Enjoyable and believable

Nates story has shown me another side to a sport that from the uk perspective we get no idea ho hard the grind is we just see the end product . Would highly recommend.

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Worth a listen for most nfl fans

Worth a listen for most nfl fans as a true account of struggle at Pro level. Not a PC read either all left bare

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Great insight

A real insight into life in the nfl and the ongoing struggle of players even when they make it. If you want a fairy tail Disney story don’t read. If you want to hear about true toughness and heart then give this a go

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Great story!

Really enjoyed this! Story and insights were great and it's really well read. Nate sounds like David Goggins, but without all the f bombs.

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The real NFL

Loved this audio book! I’ve read many books glamourising the NFL and when viewed from the top of the NFL mountain life is good. But this is about the real NFL, from someone who loved the game and was just trying to stay on a team! The injuries are hard to hear about at times, it’s a brutal sport, but the story awesome. Also the narration is one of the best. Nate Jackson is an antidote to the myth football players are not bright and articulate. Great narration!

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Hidden Gem

I wasn't expecting that much from this as it was on a deal but its inspiring, a sort of realistic hero's journey and the pulls the curtain on dark side of professional sports

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Ok but not great

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

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.

What could Nate Jackson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Nate's story is what it is. A journeyman player trying keep his head above water in a cutthroat business.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narration was fine.

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Great insight

What made the experience of listening to Slow Getting Up the most enjoyable?

The author narrated the book, and gave a great insight into the book. very interesting read for any NFL fan

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nate Jackson, it was about him

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The truthfullness and true account in the book

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Well worth a read for any one interested in the NFL and behind the scenes

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  • 23-12-15

Great inside look

Really enjoyed this book. Having seen my buddies go through this grinder after college, Jackson describes its eloquently and spot on.

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  • maverick
  • 28-01-15

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.

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  • 24-06-21

Nate puts you on the field

Great insight to the life of a professional football player. Very well done. Great narration too.

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  • Randy
  • 21-11-14

A very personal view of life in the NFL

What made the experience of listening to Slow Getting Up the most enjoyable?

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.

What other book might you compare Slow Getting Up to and why?

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.

What does Nate Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It's a real bonus to have Nate Jackson reading the book. His engaging personality really comes through.

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  • Roger Friedman
  • 29-04-14

It's not art, but it is insightful

Would you listen to Slow Getting Up again? Why?

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.

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  • Jim Bosley
  • 02-11-20

Read an article by this author and liked his style

I Googled 'what is it like to play in the NFL' and an article by this author popped up. I liked his style : honest and funny. So I decided to purchase his book with my monthly Audible credit. I am looking forward to reading it.

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  • Marilyn H
  • 15-09-19

Shattered Every Stereotype I Held

I was shocked by this book, delighted by its prose, and humbled by its insights.

My only intersection with football is once a year at a Superbowl party where I barely watch the game. When the evening news features sports coverage in a locker room and a player being interviewed, I typically roll my eyes and think "Dear God, why does anyone want to hear them speak?"

Thank you, Nate Jackson for shattering my stereotypes, taking my blinders off and telling the human story behindthe football machine. It is ignorance like mine that permits the NFL to continue throwing athletes into their meat grinder for the public's entertainment.

I loved this book.

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  • Eliana
  • 08-02-19

Honest story, dreadful writing and performance

I have no idea how this book gathered a 4.2 rating. I wanted to like it. I love the sport and enjoy peeking behind the curtain as it were . . . but was there no editor for this book? The writing was junior high awful---to the point where I almost stopped listening.

Also, authors really need to learn that just because it is their "story" doesn't mean they have the acting and voice skills to convey it audibly. This book would have been helped tremendously by a professional reader/performer and a real editor.

A difficult book to endure despite enjoying the topic. I almost didn't make it.

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  • Andrew Hart
  • 22-01-19

Interesting listen

I enjoyed "slow getting up". Well done Nate for putting it down on paper. definitely a great small glimpse into the life of the NFL and how big that whole world is. If you are listening I recommend speeding up the play back to get a better pacing out of the book

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  • Susan S.
  • 16-10-18

Fresh and necessary insider perspective

The story is great. The truths are greater. This book hits on all the highs and lows of professional sports. The guts and glory of being able to achieve a childhood dream in front of family, and the struggle the athletes face. Injury, narcissistic coaches, good coaches, twisted priorities of the machine that drives sports, doctors push for short term solutions to long term problems and the inevitable crawl towards the end of a career based on one's durability and youth. This has given me the extra dose of empathy many people need these days with fantasy sports clouding the life and health behind each player. Too often have heard, "(insert player here) is hurt, that's good for my fantasy team," with the callus disregard of a living, breathing, and feeling person having their dreams walked on by injury. Thank you, Nate, for sharing your struggle and painful journey through the gauntlet.