Slow Getting up

Slow Getting up

A Story of NFL Survival From the Bottom of the Pile

Book - 2013
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"One man's odyssey into the brutal hive of the National Football League. This is not a celebrity tell-all of professional sports. Slow Getting Up is a survivor's real-time account of playing six seasons (twice as long as the average NFL career) for the San Francisco 49ers and the Denver Broncos. As an unsigned free agent who rose through the practice squad to the starting lineup, Nate Jackson is the talented embodiment of the everyday freak athlete in professional football, one of thousands whose names go unmentioned in the daily press. Through his story recounted here-- from scouting combines to preseason cuts to byzantine film studies to glorious touchdown catches-- even knowledgeable football fans will glean a new, starkly humanized understanding of the daily rigors and unceasing violence of quotidian life in the NFL. Fast-paced, lyrical, and hilariously unvarnished, Slow Getting Up is an unforgettable look at the real lives of America's best twenty-year-old athletes putting their bodies and minds through hell" -- from publisher's web site.
"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" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, [2013]
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062108029
Branch Call Number: 796 .33209 JAC
796.332092 J136
Characteristics: 243 pages ; 24 cm


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Feb 10, 2019

A fascinating, hilarious, often horrifying look at life inside the NFL. This will go in my personal library beside Feinstein's Next Man Up. Not recommended for younger readers.

IndyPL_AdamT Feb 01, 2019

As the Super Bowl nears, we often think of some of the legendary players from yesterday and today. However, we seldom think of some of their less-heralded teammates, some of the men who played, or sat on the bench, in relative anonymity.
Nate Jackson was one of those players. In his autobiography, Jackson recounts his six seasons in the NFL and he doesn't pull any punches as he describes the less-than-glamorous side of professional football.

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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