By Jeff Pearlman

  • Release Date: 2016-10-25
  • Genre: Football
Score: 4.5
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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.


  • Jeff Pearlman is the best...

    By Steve from Buffalo
    ...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.