Menlo Football and NFL Alumn Nate Jackson Featured on NPR’s Sunday Conversation
October 2, 2013:
Nate Jackson is undoubtedly the most successful receiver to have ever graced the turf of Connor Field in Atherton, Calif. Jackson put together a remarkable three-year career for the Oaks that put him tops in the Menlo football record books in touchdowns (43), receptions (261) and receiving yards (3,976). His tremendous on-field performance earned him NCAA DIII All-American honors in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and led to his enshrinement in the Menlo Athletics Hall of Fame. The San Jose native went on to spend six years in the NFL with the majority of that time spent as a tight end for the Denver Broncos. His book, Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile hit shelves last week to rave reviews as it eloquently chronicles his time as a relative unknown struggling physically and mentally through the day-to-day grind that is the NFL.
Jackson recently sat down with Rachel Martin of NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday to discuss his career in the NFL and the toll it took on his mind and body. He also fondly recounts his time at Menlo College (starting at the 9:00 minute mark).