The Most Honest Book About Football You'll Read All Year

Former Bronco Nate Jackson's book is out today, and it's an exceptional memoir of life on the NFL's margins. You'll find out what it's like hiding injuries to make a roster, waiting for the year's annual drug test to pass so players can start smoking, and what a dickbag Eric Mangini is. Slow Getting Up has earned rave » 9/17/13 4:33pm 9/17/13 4:33pm

What It's Like When An NFL Linebacker Nearly Knocks Your Head Off

We're doing a season-long NFL roundtable with our friends at Slate. Check back here each week as a rotating cast of football watchers discusses the weekend's key plays, coaching decisions, and traumatic brain injuries. » 2/03/12 1:21pm 2/03/12 1:21pm

The Fake Outrage Over Fake Injuries; Or, How To Piss On An NFL…

Faking injuries in the NFL is a time-honored method of stopping the momentum of an opponent and giving your own team a much-needed breather. It's like calling a timeout in basketball when the other team is on a big run. Since football doesn't have the luxury of all those silly 20-second timeouts, the 20-second timeout… » 9/23/11 3:49pm 9/23/11 3:49pm

You Are Not In A Happy Place: A Player's Farewell To The NFL Preseason

Preseason doesn't matter. For fans, training camp and exhibitions are patiently endured, on the way to the games that are real—games that count for standings, for fantasies, for anything, really. The stories of professional football ambitions go untold. What is interesting about interviewing Peyton Manning again about… » 9/07/11 2:20pm 9/07/11 2:20pm

Chris Kluwe And Nate Jackson Have Made Up

In August, former Broncos tight end Nate Jackson questioned in this space whether Vikings punter Chris Kluwe had the right to call Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Logan Mankins, and Vincent Jackson "douchebags." » 9/07/11 2:10pm 9/07/11 2:10pm

Dear Roger Goodell: This Is What A Typical NFL Career Looks Like

Roger Goodell recently took to the pulpit to debunk the popularly held notion that an NFL player's career lasts 3.5 years. The truth, Roger says, is that if you make an opening day roster as a rookie, your career will last almost six years; if you get drafted in the first round, it's nine years; and if you make a Pro… » 4/26/11 4:45pm 4/26/11 4:45pm

See? Sometimes Your Life Can Get Better Once You Leave The NFL Behind

Note to those NFL players concerned about what to do if there is no 2011 season: start jotting down those lucid thoughts before the encephalopathy takes hold. It's good advice because Nate Jackson, former NFL player and writer for places of both distinction and ill repute, has just signed a book deal. And, David… » 3/22/11 7:57pm 3/22/11 7:57pm

The Super Bowl Week Orgy, Through The Eyes Of An NFL Player

Every player in the NFL can buy two Super Bowl tickets at face value, if he so chooses. All he has to do is contact his club's ticket guy and arrange for the pickup. Some teams require rookies and second-year players to pick up the tickets at a location in the host city. Presumably, this policy is intended to deter the … » 2/03/11 5:00pm 2/03/11 5:00pm

The Meaning Of "Fuck Tom Brady," And The Genius Of Rex Ryan's…

Athletes talking shit to each other is hardly a new story. Every kid who ever played sports in high school knows that shit-talking is a time-honored tradition in competitive athletics. The winners shit-talk the losers; the losers shit-talk the winners; the fans shit-talk the players, shit-talk the other team's fans,… » 1/18/11 5:05pm 1/18/11 5:05pm