After playing college ball at a tiny Division III school, Jackson, a receiver, signed as a free agent with the San Francisco 49ers, before moving to the Denver Broncos. For six seasons in the NFL as a Bronco, he alternated between the practice squad and the active roster, eventually winning a starting spot - a short, tenuous career emblematic of the average pro player.
Drawing from his own experience, Jackson tells the little-known story of the hundreds of everyday, "expendable" players whose lives are far different from their superstar colleagues.
From scouting combines to training camps, off-season parties to game-day routines, debilitating physical injuries - including degenerative brain conditions - to poor pensions and financial distress, he offers a funny, and shocking look at life in the NFL, and the young men who risk their health and even their lives to play the game.
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Von Amazon Customer Am hilfreichsten 15.03.2015
Good humoured, incisive, enlightening.
I bought this knowing virtually nothing about football or the NFL but wanting to know more: mission accomplished. You don't need to know much about the game to enjoy this. Well written yet uncomplicated, it will challenge any preconception that you may have about NFL players being bone heads with an IQ lower than their shirt numbers: the author's documentation of his changing relationship with a ame he once loved is wise, enlightening and will sound familiar to many a sports fan. It's also funny, down to earth, easy going stuff -well worth a listen for NFL lovers and fans of other sports alike.