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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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.
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.
- Roger Friedman