Released this week: Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile, a new book by former NFL player Nate Jackson. For fans familiar with traditional biographies of famous NFL players like Walter Payton, Tom Brady, and the infamous Michael Vick, Jackson's account is something different. He gives a gritty, humorous and unvarnished insider's look at what it's like to play in the NFL from the perspective of an "average" pro football player.
After playing football at Menlo College, a Division III program, Jackson began his NFL career as a free agent with the San Francisco 49ers. He later played in NFL Europe, then spent six seasons with the Denver Broncos as a wide receiver and tight end.
Jackson's book describes what life is like for the "ordinary" pro football player, in contrast to media-hogging superstars. The book is at times funny, shocking and even uplifting, as Jackson give readers insight into the scouting process, training camp, day-to-day routines during the regular season, and even a few wild parties after games.
This is Jackson's first book, but he is no newbie writer. His articles have been published in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among others.
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