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I really enjoyed this book and getting to know the author through his NFL career Interesting behind the scenes things I ve never considered about the Broncos or NFL as a whole. Admittedly I probably gave my review an extra star for being a Bronco s fan and for being a Nate Jack fan while he was here Still, this certainly isn t your average football player biography Jackson has a quirky humor and an evenquirky depth, honestness, if you will, that I m pretty sure you wouldn t get from Tom Brady or Peyton Manning.While he offers candid honesty about his relationship with football, there is the sense that he glosses over his human relationships in the book With th Admittedly I probably gave my review an extra star for being a Bronco s fan and for being a Nate Jack fan while he was here Still, this certainly isn t your average football player biography Jackson has a quirky humor and an evenquirky depth, honestness, if you will, that I m pretty sure you wouldn t get from Tom Brady or Peyton Manning.While he offers candid honesty about his relationship with football, there is the sense that he glosses over his human relationships in the book With the jersey chasers as he calls them, I think that is understandable, even telling I think it would be interesting to hear a professional athelete s take on intimate relationships and throwaway sexual conquests in the context of being famous for God given talent This isn t a book about that However, I think that being a book about football and the camaraderie of teammates being so intrinsic to that, he does fall short on giving us a view of how it FEELS to be a teammate.There is so much a football fan WILL love in this book that what might be missing can easily be overlooked After finishing it, I sincerely hope that Nate Jack is working away at his next book Maybe the next one can be a mystery thriller about how an entire football team goes in together to off their chubby, 38 year old, tyrant of a coach #DOWNLOAD KINDLE ì Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile  An unvarnished and uncensored account of quotidian life in the NFL from one of the best writers to ever play in its ranksThe NFL is the most popular sports league in America and the most damaging to its players Degenerative brain conditions, early onset arthritis, bad knees, hips, shoulders such is the glory that awaits the retired veteran of the NFL as well as the terrible pensions and imminent financial ruin for the majority that lack college degrees But for the millions of NFL fans, the average NFL player is faceless his pain and suffering virtually invisibleNate Jackson was a receiver at tiny Division III Menlo College, on the coast of California Talented enough to sign as a free agent with the ers, he then played for six seasons with the Denver Broncos, bouncing from the practice squad to the active roster and eventually a starting spot a player barely holding on to a career in the pros, like the majority of his fellow playersAs he traces the arc of his career, Jackson brings to light the story of hundreds of everyday, expendable players whose lives unlike those of their superstar colleagues aren t captured in high definition From scouting combines to training camps, off season parties to game day routines, this remarkably written memoir funny, candid, controversial, and artful is an unforgettable look at life in the NFL, and the real lives of young men risking their bodies, and ultimately their lives, to play pro football Slow Getting Up, by Nate JacksonImportant People Nate Jackson, Mike Shanahan, Bill WalshThis book details life in the National Football League from a former player who started and finished his career at the bottom of the pile Nate Jackson played college football at D III Menlo, and entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent, thanks to Bill Walsh, who recruited him to sign with the 49ers Jackson attended training camp with the 49ers in his first season but was cut and signed with the Denver Br Slow Getting Up, by Nate JacksonImportant People Nate Jackson, Mike Shanahan, Bill WalshThis book details life in the National Football League from a former player who started and finished his career at the bottom of the pile Nate Jackson played college football at D III Menlo, and entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent, thanks to Bill Walsh, who recruited him to sign with the 49ers Jackson attended training camp with the 49ers in his first season but was cut and signed with the Denver Broncos There he met Coach Mike Shanahan, and began to succeed in the NFL throughout a six year career, twice as long as the average NFL career However, Jackson was bitten by the injury bug countless times, making his life as a football playerdifficult Jackson writes of life in the NFL, NFL Europe, and his career ending injury playing in the UFL Through many years in the NFL, Nate Jackson managed to stay on a team for a long time However he did not play much, and he did not escape life in the league unscathed He encountered many injuries, and came to learn how brutal and dragging the NFL can be Through 5 seasons, he never scored, but in his sixth season, he became a starter for a short amount of time This was the absolute pinnacle of Jackson s career success Although he suffered the final injury not much later, Jackson shows how good of a writer he is, and that he can make it, in and out of the NFL I really enjoyed this book I loved reading about the NFL from the perspective of a player, who truly encountered the hardship, and the fantasy of playing professional football There is good in this book and Jackson s writing is solid throughout, though there were a couple of self conscious flourishes clearly meant to bewriterly for lack of a better term than is typical in a book like this, and these carry no impact But it gives a genuine sense of what it is like to play pro football at that level and from a POV generally not heard from Jackson is a real NFL journeyman, barely holding on each year in his career , he s honest about things like pot smoking an There is good in this book and Jackson s writing is solid throughout, though there were a couple of self conscious flourishes clearly meant to bewriterly for lack of a better term than is typical in a book like this, and these carry no impact But it gives a genuine sense of what it is like to play pro football at that level and from a POV generally not heard from Jackson is a real NFL journeyman, barely holding on each year in his career , he s honest about things like pot smoking and groupies and strippers, though he really has nothing significant to say about either other than that they exist in his life And he gets across the sense of tension that goes with playing in the NFL at that journeyman evel maybe at any level, though there s no doubt that there was extra tension not knowing if you were going to be cut from week to week Jackson struggled to hold on weight during the season because he was never very hungry because he was so wound up all the time And it s as good as any book I ve read on the injuries that go with the game his career was in many ways the story of one injury after another pulled hamstrings and groins are common and in Jackson s description, he never just pulls a hamstring, he pulls it tendon from bone , and how these injuries usually came out of nowhere at a bad time when he was on the field You feel the tension as he describes the game, knowing another injury is likely So the nature of pain in the NFL comes through, which is hardly news but it has impact when one player is talking specifically about his experiences But I rated it this low and I admit it s a bit unfair to criticize a book or a film on what it could be rather than what it is because I expected something with a bitexistential oomph, a book that had a critical POV about the whole process, a jaundiced North Dallas Forty take on the business that simply isn t there Jackson is a true believer and remains one to the end of the book, there s nothing of Pete Gent s Phil Elliott in Jackson We get zero sense of the real personalities at play in the league Mike Shanahan is a great man, Bill Walsh is a great man, he loves Jake Plummer and Rod Smith the best teammates ever , this player and that player were great teammates Only Eric Mangini gets criticized and that takes up about half a page and involves only two or three days in Jackson s life I guess in the end, without some larger, coherent, developed take on his experiences in the league, we re essentially left with those experiences and while there s value there, Jackson just isn t that interesting as a writer or football player or thinker to carry a book like this all the way through In the genre of autobiographical account of someone who almost achieved an American dream, but then didn t, and maybe the best sports book I ve ever read.Not sure why this one isn twell known Possibly because it s not a sensational tell all Nate Jackson has largely positive things to say about his coaches and teammates, except for his brief stint playing for the Cleveland Browns, and the sports media, and who can blame him about either of those Also possible it just never got the hype In the genre of autobiographical account of someone who almost achieved an American dream, but then didn t, and maybe the best sports book I ve ever read.Not sure why this one isn twell known Possibly because it s not a sensational tell all Nate Jackson has largely positive things to say about his coaches and teammates, except for his brief stint playing for the Cleveland Browns, and the sports media, and who can blame him about either of those Also possible it just never got the hype, not unlike Nate Jackson as a player, a replacement level NFL receiver tight end who mostly played special teams in between stints rehabbing from injuries But he hung on, finding enough of a niche to eventually appear in 41 games over six years Jackson has a sparse, nakedly honest sometimes literally writing style that s perfectly suited to describing life on the NFL fringe, with the right amount of optimism, pessimism, and black humor I can only imagine the details he left out that would get people in trouble, but this also isn t a blissfully clean cut, consequence free episode of A Football Life either He presents football in its accurately dissonant form a highly fun and entertaining sport that has a truly brutal side It s an activity that physically wrecks its participants, though for Nate and others who sign up for it, if they didn t have this particular form of sanctioned competitive violence available, they d probably just find another one More sinister are the consequences of an enjoyable pastime being corrupted by unmitigated capitalism I d contend that 90% of football s problems derive from it, and mostly in the category of detached ownership valuing profit over people Like just about everything else in modern life Which is why, though I can t disagree with people who have stopped supporting the NFL, I find it a strange place to draw a line in the sand Laborers all over the world is similarly exploited They all have much worse prospects than NFL players As just one example, concussions became a chronic problem because league ownership ignored them and covered up data instead of going all in on player safety Given all the money in the sport, there s no reason why every person who signs an NFL contract shouldn t have it guaranteed, with health care for life attached, and withmoney for the Nate Jacksons that keep the machine churning Not that Jackson isn t immune to frustration about being a piece of meat in the machine, or that the TV spectacle reduces players to uniformed avatars to be carted off, traded, and forgotten He realizes this is a dehumanizing situation and all, it s just that it s ultimately worth it to him to be one of the meat avatars He ll work his way through injury rehab, wondering why he s bothering, then get back on the field, and talk lovingly about the deep satisfaction of hurling himself into his professional colleagues Plus it pays well Also there are perks Lots and lots of perks, especially for the young American male Including, but not limited to, epic Vegas trips, various intoxicants, team parties, and succumbing to the jersey chasers So it s a very successful book in that it portrays a very ambiguous situation ambiguously Similarly, I m stillor less a football fan, which means accepting the good and the bad simultaneously I wanted him to succeed, and I also wanted him to quit Especially as he got increasingly beat up and had to face ever worsening options about accepting short term treatments even flirting with HGH that would prolong his career but with unclear long term consequences, or agreeing to sketchier gigs on poorly run teams or even secondary and tertiary football leagues But he always opts in, until he can t.As Jackson summarizes, Football players are smart and all, but it s not our main thing I came to this book late last year courtesy of a radio interview with the author which I heard one day online from CBC Radio 1 in Canada Indeed, I was so impressed with the author s story of his experiences as a player in the National Football League NFL first with the San Francisco 49ers and then with the Denver Broncos, where he played for the majority of his career that I eagerly bought the book Though I am a sports fan and have followed the NFL in varying degrees for years, I am I came to this book late last year courtesy of a radio interview with the author which I heard one day online from CBC Radio 1 in Canada Indeed, I was so impressed with the author s story of his experiences as a player in the National Football League NFL first with the San Francisco 49ers and then with the Denver Broncos, where he played for the majority of his career that I eagerly bought the book Though I am a sports fan and have followed the NFL in varying degrees for years, I am NOT a football fan Baseball is my great love But I do have a certain fascination with the lives of athletes within the context of the sport which they have been able to make their life s vocation Despite a good, solid college football career, Jackson was not a shoo in for a slot in an NFL team when he was invited to try out with the 49ers The 49ers was a team he had followed and loved since childhood, when it was one of the premier NFL franchises, boasting of 2 stellar quarterbacks Joe Montana and then Steve Young , Ronnie Lott, and Jerry Rice During one of the try outs, Jackson was spotted by former coach Bill Walsh under whose tenure the 49ers won 3 Super Bowl championships , who was impressed with his performance and encouraged him to persevere That Jackson did and thus began his 6 year NFL career The average stint for an NFL player, given the rigors and demands of the sport, is 3 years Reading the book was for me a vicarious no holes barred journey into the everyday life of a professional NFL football player, not only during the regular season, but also in the off and pre season periods I was particularly struck by the following observation Jackson made as his time with the Broncos began to draw to a close An NFL football team is not built to depend on one man It is built to rely on one system The men are temporary The plan is permanent The scouting department brings in the talent, and once they re in that front door, they become cogs in a machine Jake the starting quarterback for the Broncos has never been benched in his life Confronting the reality of the machine is something he hasn t had to do until now Franchise quarterbacks are the last bastion of sentimental aw shucks football fairy tales Former quarterbacks and quarterback coaches wear suits on television and tell football fans why the quarterback is all that really matters But someday the quarterback will be thrown out with the trash Eventually the lie reveals itself to everyone I enjoyed the journey and my respect for pro athletes has been deepened Thank you, Nate Jackson I stopped reading after Jackson claimed that he tracked a mountain lion and its cubs to their cave, threw sticks and a live snake into the cave entrance, taunted the lion when she emerged, and then killed her with his bare hands and a pocketknife after she attacked him What a jerkhole. You wont put down this book until you finish Nate finds a way to make you feel like you are in the locker room with him You feel nervous and excited for him through out Great book. I sort of liked the book it follows chronologically the narrative of a fringe NFL from his college prep through his shaky beginnings to seasoned professional While his career progresses in this fashion, his body is in decline, so much so that, as his career peters out in practice for the UFL, his achilles snaps, leaving him down on the 104 degree dirt in the realization that it is over The book suggests that, while the NFL owned his body, it did not own his mind there is, however, precious I sort of liked the book it follows chronologically the narrative of a fringe NFL from his college prep through his shaky beginnings to seasoned professional While his career progresses in this fashion, his body is in decline, so much so that, as his career peters out in practice for the UFL, his achilles snaps, leaving him down on the 104 degree dirt in the realization that it is over The book suggests that, while the NFL owned his body, it did not own his mind there is, however, precious little to support that as Nate was no source of friction, doing all orthan all he was called upon to do.The writing is solid but unspectacular football would seem to offer the possibility of pyrotechnics in description and characterization Neither is forthcoming.Jackson does make some interesting suggestions about successful coaches and their opposites He finishes with Jim Fassell, far from the NY Giants, the coach of the Las Vegas Locos UFL , but he didn t last long enough to get into that phenomenon, a coach falling as far as used up players.I will make a note to read Jackson s work as it appears elsewhere Deadspin, Slate, NYT, etc