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Slow Getting Up Summary ½ 100 Ì ➳ [Read] ➮ Slow Getting Up By Nate Jackson ➾ – An unvarnished and uncensored account of uotidian 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 it An unvarnished and uncensorS 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 footbal. 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 uirky humor and an even uirky depth honestness if you will that I'm pretty sure you wouldn't get from Tom Brady or Peyton ManningWhile 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 conuests 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 teammateThere 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

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He 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 suad 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 trace. As far as athlete writers go there are generally three kinds Those who put out ghostwritten memoirs that may or may not be interesting depending on how into their sport you are Those who are pretty good writers for an athlete and these are like watching an elephant paint on an easel or a little kid do a complex math problem the wonder is that its happening at all Then there are those rare athletes who are actually good Not good for a jock but actually talented and thoughtful separate from their athletic careers Nate Jackson is in the third category and this made Slow Getting Up a fascinating read A peek behind the highly mediated and PR saturated veil of the NFL Very much recommended to sports fans or to anyone who may be remotely interested in the subject matter

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Slow Getting UpAn unvarnished and uncensored account of uotidian life in the NFL from one of the best writers to ever play in its ranksThe NFL is the most popular sports league in Slow Getting MOBI #204 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 t. There is a good amount of well written football books There are also many football books penned by current and former players Unfortunately there has generally been little overlap between the two NFL memoirs are often cash outs after particularly improbable seasons or impending bankruptcy or financially ruinous divorces The player's voice is generally diluted by a co author who invariably has a penchant for lame cliches and generic athlete platitudes Thankfully Slow Getting Up Nate Jackson's reflections on his eight years on the fringes of the NFL features uality prose and brings a fresh and insightful perspective to a rather stale format It is one of the most entertaining football books released in the past few years and is a worthwhile read for football fans interested in learning about the trials and tribulations facing professional football playersAfter beginning with a 2008 hamstring injury that ultimately spelled the end of Jackson's career physical maladies and the arduous rehabilitation associated with them will be a common theme throughout the piece Slow Getting Up chronicles Jackson's improbable journey from Division III star at Menlo College to making an NFL roster and sticking around and contributing in the league for several years Each chapter generally covers a season and the book moves at a fast clip and reads like a series of fleshed out blog posts He devotes early passages to outlining the draft process and his attempts to stick with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent Jackson is eventually traded to the Broncos during training camp in 2003 and he initially manages to stick on the practice suad before spending a few years as a backup tight end and special teamer with Denver The author's relatively long tenure allows him to mine a considerable amount of anecdotal gems from his playing career such as playing for the Rhein Fire in NFL Europe losing to the Steelers in the 2005 AFC Championship Game enduring a surreal training camp with Eric Mangini's Cleveland Browns in 2009 and trying to catch on with the cash strapped Las Vegas Locomotives of the UFLSlow Getting Up is one of the few player memoirs to really focus on an athlete treading the tenuous line between the practice suad and special teams and a career outside of the NFL Understandably most publishers are not really enad with putting out books by authors with only 2 NFL touchdowns than their general audience Because Jackson is not able to describe what it feels like to catch a game winning touchdown in the Super Bowl or catch 100 passes in a season much of Slow Getting Up touches upon activities outside the games Jackson details life on an average NFL road trip playing on the scout team the incredibly frustrating process of rehabilitating from injuries and extravagant nights of clubbing That being said Jackson does go into some depth about the game when he discusses his larger roles on special teams where he played on kickoff kick off return and punt units for the Broncos Some of his gridiron observations are also insightful such as how coaches like Gary Kubiak who spent his entire career as John Elway's backup is concerned with concepts than those with NFL game experience I feel that football players are generally held to lower standards as writers which makes sense given many of them are pretty poor in the literary department but Jackson's prose is legitimately enjoyable to read compared to any writer His writing is peppered with pop culture references and witty turns of phrase Sometimes his humor can come off as sophomoric and overly scatological but Slow Getting Up is mostly a pleasure to read His tone is sarcastic self deprecating and irreverent and it is refreshing to hear a former player be so candid Jackson even admits to a brief fling with HGH while attempting to recover from an injury It is hard to think of a better guide among former NFL players through Mangini's surreal militaristic training camp where players watch film cutups of warmups in meetings and are constantly uizzed on team mantras than the snarky and incredulous JacksonJackson also is able to vividly describe much of his NFL life This is probably due to the fact that he has essentially been writing this work for several years Jackson started a journal for the Broncos' website when he played for the Rhein Fire in 2004 and maintained his column for three years Additionally Jackson was able to consult with Wall Street Journal writer Stefan Fatsis while the latter attended Broncos' training camp to write A Few Seconds of Panic a 2000s version of Paper Lion that is worth seeking out for football fans or anyone curious as to the depths of Todd Sauerbrun's craziness There is a surprising amount of dialogue in Slow Getting Up and while I am guessing mostall of it is based on Jackson's recollections it still demonstrates the robustness of his memories Jackson also is not bitter about much and does not really have a bone to pick with anyone and he is generally objective and fair minded There are no chapters lamenting the physical beatings he endured rants against the teams that released him or chastising agents or fans that wronged him Some may find his portrayals of Adam Schefter who used to beat a beat writer for the Broncos and Eric Mangini a bit unfair but who is honestly going to defend those guys Jackson's riffs on their insufferable personalities were some of the highlights of the book for meIn SumMost NFL memoirs devote at least some pages to describing players' general weekly routines during training camp and the regular season What separates Slow Getting Up from the pack is Jackson's perspective and insight into such matters I understand the comparisons to Ball Four but Slow Getting Up really struck me as the football cousin of Mark Titus' Don't Put Me in Coach Both books seem geared towards the Grantland reading demographic who will catch the Radiohead references and appreciate the anecdotes about players and coaches from years past I don't think it will be added to the literary pantheon of the best football books ever not that Jackson ever intended that but Slow Getting Up is a fast paced entertaining and enlightening look at life in the NFL that I thoroughly enjoyed810