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Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile [Hardcover]

Nate Jackson
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  • Hardcover: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (17 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062108026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062108029
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 297,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars What About the Also Rans? 21 July 2014
Sporting autobiographies are often written by those sports men and women who made it to the very pinnacle of their profession. Their stories surround past glories and how they lifted themselves up above the great to become the very best. However, for every superstar footballer or tennis player, there needs to be a lot more average Joes and Joettes for them to shine against. And who is to say that being an average player in a professional league is not an achievement in itself? Nate Jackson was one such ‘average’ player in the NFL – but would you call him that to his face?

American Football is not a sport that has caught on in Europe; it’s slightly ponderous pace and overuse of padding makes us a cynical bunch. However, don’t let the naysayers detract from the fact that this is an intense sport that is electrifying and violent when at its best. Jackson invites you the listener into a behind the scenes look at what it is to be a normal player in the NFL. A star at College, Jackson soon had to readjust from being a much smaller fish when landing in the big pool. He tells his story in ‘Slow Getting Up’.

If Jackson had been a superstar of the NFL this book may have been all about his most famous victories, but seeing as he only managed one professional touchdown, this is not that book. Instead this is a warts and all portrayal of what it is to work towards a dream and fight every day to keep it. The NFL seems like a very competitive and cruel place to work. With no job security you are only as good as your last few games and your clean bill of health. Jackson discusses his multitude of injuries and how he lived with pain as much as the game of American Football.

What makes ‘Slow Getting Up’ so interesting is listening to Nate Jackson himself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars NFL fans need this book! 30 April 2014
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A fascinating insight into (real) life in the NFL. Informative, interesting and funny, I struggled to put this book down.
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Enjoyed reading about the life of an American Footballer who is not a big household name. Gave a great insight into the way players can be transfered/let go with no come back.
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