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

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Nate Jackson pens an interesting twist on the sports biography. This isn't the star who gets a lucrative book deal on name recognition, this is the NFL grunt who toils in the league for a few years before getting cut.

The book is interesting mostly as a comparison to our preconceptions. Many of them are corroborated, like the high pay, rich lifestyle, and special privileges given to the professional athlete. Some preconceptions don't survive, though. The glamour of the actual games and of the daily life of an athlete is revealed as a tedious routine, alternating between practice and film study. The idea of our athletes as superhuman also takes a hit. Sure, they may be fast and strong and big, but they are also constantly hurt, whether it be the major, season-ending injuries, or the minor bruises and aches that keep them from being 100%.

All in all, this is a measured, non-glamorized account. It's an amazingly quick read, and it provides a useful context. Recommended for football fans.

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