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Add To List. 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. 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.

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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. Also in This Series.

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Football players -- United States -- Biography. While flirting with retirement, he forced his way out of the Packers and, after a poor year in NYC, did the one thing guaranteed to piss off his former fans and sign for Green Bays greatest rivals. Pearlman, as is his trademark, interviewed an astonishing amount of people for the book. The level of detail in his research is reflected in the incredibly comprehensive nature of the book.

Favre comes across as a man who is both likable and dislikable in almost equal measure.

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For long parts of his career he put his own addictions, desires and career well ahead of his family life. However, his wife ultimately stayed with him and he seems to have somewhat mended his ways in later years.


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It feels like an objective account of a complicated man who will long be remembered as one of the great NFL quarterbacks. Overall, Gunslinger is a really enjoyable read. A lover of sports books. This site is my blog of reviews of classic and contemporary sports books that I have read and am reading. View all posts by allsportsbookreviews. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account.

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