“Over two decades, Brett Favre was as compelling a figure as any in the National Football League. He alone was 'Must-See TV.' In Gunslinger, Jeff Pearlman provides an extraordinary look at every facet of the life of a man who performed on sport's grandest stage and who had one helluva time along the way.”—Al Michaels
In Gunslinger, Jeff Pearlman tells Brett Favre’s story for the first time, charting his unparalleled journey from a rough rural childhood and lackluster high school football career to landing the last scholarship at Southern Mississippi, to a car accident that nearly took his life, and eventually to the NFL and Green Bay, where he restored the Packers to greatness and inspired a fan base as passionate as any in the game. Yet he struggled with demons: addiction, infidelity, the loss of his father, and a fraught, painfully prolonged exit from the game he loved, a game he couldn’t bear to leave.
Gritty and revelatory, Gunslinger is a big sports biography of the highest order, a fascinating portrait of the man with the rocket arm whose life has been one of triumph, fame, tragedy, embarrassment, and—ultimately—redemption.
“The compelling, complete story of his legend, and his faults.”—Chicago Tribune
Skilled sports biographer Pearlman (Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s) brings his dogged approach to this enjoyable book on Brett Favre, the gambling, cannon-armed quarterback whose talent and boyish enthusiasm brought the Green Bay Packers back to hallowed relevance in the mid-1990s. That was before inconsistent play, nonstop waffling on retirement, and an ill-advised text to a comely TV reporter dimmed the halo. Favre was not destined for stardom. His father and high-school coach, Irv, favored a running game that kept college scouts uninterested in his son. (Away from the field, one of Irv's methods of punishment was having his kids kneel on a rock pile.) In the pros, Favre's addictions and carousing tested his marriage. As years went by, the quarterback hardened, going from an easygoing soul to a demanding type who followed his own rules, whether that meant establishing his own dress code or getting his own private chef. But he was a model teammate who bridged every locker room clique and showed compassion for people in need, such as sending a truck of supplies to Hurricane Katrina victims. Pearlman's latest effort lacks the emotional heft of his Walter Payton or Barry Bonds biographies, but he strips away Favre's grown-up-kid mythology while reveling in his unlikely, turbulent path to iconic status.
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Jeff Pearlman is the best...
...and his biography of Brett Favre is just more proof. Jeff is a relentless researcher and he did over 500 interviews for this book. His commitment to detail makes his books stick out. You know when you are reading a Pearlman book and you are never disappointed.
I think this is probably his second best book. I still like Sweetness the best. I thought it could never be challenged but Gunslinger gives it a run for its money.
Jeff Pearlman is a dedicated family man, a passionate citizen, and a good person. If you enjoy this book you will enjoy them all. I'm already counting down the days until his USFL book is released. I'm only sad he will never write a hockey book.