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Publisher's 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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By Roger Friedman on 04-29-14

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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By Jonathan on 12-23-15

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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By Mrs J Fenlon on 09-28-16

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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By Viernes on 05-15-16

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

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The truthfullness and true account in the book

Any additional comments?

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

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