Nate Jackson

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Nate Jackson
No. 81
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-06-04) June 4, 1979 (age 36)
Place of birth: San Jose, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
College: Menlo
Undrafted: 2002
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • NCAA Division III All-American 1999, 2000, 2001
  • Division III West-Region Offensive Player of the Year, 2001
  • Menlo College Hall of Fame, 2009
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 27
Receiving yards: 240
Receiving TDs: 2
Player stats at

Nathan Ross "Nate" Jackson (born June 4, 1979) is a writer and former American football tight end. He was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2002 and went on to play six seasons for the Denver Broncos. He played college football at Menlo College. His writing about the NFL has appeared in Slate,[1] Deadspin,[2] The Daily Beast,[3] The New York Times[4] and The Wall Street Journal.[5] His memoir Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile was released by HarperCollins on September 17, 2013.[6]

College career[edit]

A graduate of Pioneer High School in San Jose, California, Jackson played at NAIA school Menlo College from 1999–2001, and was a key factor in helping the school get attention for its athletics programs. During those seasons he set many records as a wide receiver. He was named first-team All-American during every season he was enrolled, and won the NCAA D-III Offensive Player of the Year after his senior year in 2001.[1] Jackson was inducted into the Menlo College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.[2]

Professional career[edit]

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Jackson went undrafted in 2002 NFL Draft, and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Francisco 49ers on the recommendation of former 49ers coach Bill Walsh, whose son was the athletic director at Menlo. He spent the entire 2002 NFL season on the practice squad, and was then waived after the season.

Denver Broncos[edit]

Jackson was traded to the Denver Broncos prior to the 2003 NFL season. He spent the 2003-2008 seasons with the Broncos. In 2004 the Broncos allocated him to Rhein Fire (NFL Europe). Head coach Mike Shanahan converted Jackson from a wide receiver to a tight end before the 2005 NFL season. In the 2007 season, Jackson made his first career start, but later tore a groin muscle.[7]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

Jackson was signed to the Cleveland Browns practice squad before the 2009 NFL season, but was released before the season began.

Las Vegas Locomotives[edit]

Jackson then signed with the Las Vegas Locomotives of the UFL but never played for the team.

Writing career[edit]

Beginning in 2010, Jackson contributed articles to various popular websites and newspapers on a freelance basis.


On August 7, 2013 an excerpt from Jackson's memoir was published in the alternative weekly newspaper Cleveland Scene. Focusing on his brief stint on the Browns practice squad just prior to the 2009 season, Jackson describes the Browns players as having been "deep in despair" with "no fight left in them." He attributed the poor state of affairs to Browns then-head coach Eric Mangini, of whom he was highly critical. According to Jackson, the Browns' players were already beaten down because Mangini didn't treat them with respect, unlike Broncos coach Mike Shanahan.[8]


  1. ^ "Authors: Nate Jackson". The Slate Group, LLC. 2013. Retrieved August 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Search results for "Nate Jackson"". Gawker Media. 2013. Retrieved August 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ Jackson, Nate (December 4, 2012). "Murder Doesn’t Shake NFL’s Dream World of Consequence-Free Violence". The Daily Beast. Newsweek/The Daily Beast Company, LLC. Retrieved August 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ " Search". The New York Times Company. 2013. Retrieved August 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ Jackson, Nate (March 5, 2011). "Why a Lockout Would Be Good for Football". The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Retrieved August 22, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile: Nate Jackson: 9780062108029:". Books., Inc. 1996–2013. Retrieved August 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ Fatsis, Stephen (2008). A Few Seconds of Panic. The Penguin Group. p. 330. ISBN 978-1-59420-178-3. 
  8. ^ Jackson, Nate (August 7, 2013). "Mangini's Mess: Sent to Save the Cleveland Browns, Eric Mangini Instead Put on a Clinic on How to Drive a Team's Morale Into the Ground". Cleveland Scene. Cleveland Scene. Retrieved August 22, 2013. 

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