2014 Books of the year: Best Autobiography, Best Sports Book

Best Autobiography, Best Sports Book. Slow Getting Up: a story of NFL survival from the bottom of the pile by Nate Jackson. My experience at fantasy baseball camp earlier this year gave me a new perspective on the harshness of the life of a professional athlete and Jackson’s memoir about his six years in the league only confirms those conclusions. His career lasted longer than the average NFL player, but he was frequently injured and on the edge of unemployment. His stories about the draft, tryouts, practice squads, NFL Europe, injured reserve, surgeries, pain medications and rehabilitation work, the UFL and the final cut should be required reading for high school studs envisioning a star future. Jackson doesn’t hold back, both in his use of blue language nor in his frank commentary about the league and the people in it. He praises his heroes and condemns his enemies equally, which makes this inside look at happenings within a football locker room worth reading. I wish he had detailed the business side of his career and his steps for a post-career transition to writing a bit more, but that’s just my personal bias.

For all my previous “books of the year” lists, see my dedicated page for these titles.

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