Gunslinger by Jeff Pearlman
The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre

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That’s why “Gunslinger” is so outstanding: with a backbone of compulsive research and reporting, Mr. Pearlman succeeds in taking football fans deeper into the stories about Brett Favre that have been told so many times already...
-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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From a New York Times best-selling author, the full, definitive biography of Brett Favre

A towering figure on the field for two decades who breezed into the Hall of Fame, Brett Favre was one of the game’s last cowboys, a fastball-throwing, tobacco-chewing gunslinger who refused to give up without a fight. This peerless quarterback guided the Green Bay Packers to two Super Bowls and one championship win, shattering countless NFL records along the way. 
 
Gunslinger tells Brett Favre’s story for the first time, drawing on more than five hundred interviews, including many from the people closest to Favre. Jeff Pearlman charts an unparalleled journey from his 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. Favre clawed back, getting drafted into the NFL by the Atlanta Falcons, then finding his way to 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.
 
Grand, 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, of fame, of tragedy, of embarrassment, and—ultimately—of redemption.
 
 

About Jeff Pearlman

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Jeff Pearlman is a columnist for SI.com, a former Sports Illustrated senior writer, and the critically acclaimed author of Boys Will Be Boys, The Bad Guys Won!, and Love Me, Hate Me.
 
Published October 25, 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 448 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Aug 21 2016

Though not without its flaws, Pearlman’s book is a complete, satisfying biography of a gunslinger who, for both better and worse, was far more complex than most fans have understood.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Nov 23 2016

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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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Good
Reviewed by JULIAN ROUTH on Dec 31 2016

That’s why “Gunslinger” is so outstanding: with a backbone of compulsive research and reporting, Mr. Pearlman succeeds in taking football fans deeper into the stories about Brett Favre that have been told so many times already...

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