Gunslinger: The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre

Gunslinger: The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre

by Jeff Pearlman


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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544454378
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/25/2016
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 496,762
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Jeff Pearlman is the New York Times best-selling author of eight books, including The Bad Guys Won!, Boys Will Be Boys, Showtime, Sweetness and Gunslinger. He lives in Southern California with his wife Catherine and children, Casey and Emmett. He is the host of the Two Writers Slinging Yang podcast and blogs regularly at

Table of Contents

Prologue xi

1 Beginning 1

2 Childhood 8

3 High School 21

4 Varsity Blues 36

5 College-Bound 48

6 The Man 67

7 Legend 84

8 Near Death 97

9 Senioritis 110

10 Hotlanta 127

11 Arrival 139

12 A Packer Emerges 156

13 God and the Devil 169

14 The Wheels Fall Off 182

15 High and Dry 200

16 Super Bowl 214

17 Low 225

18 Something About 244

19 Chewed Up 255

20 Big Irv 263

21 Heir Apparent 278

22 McCarthyism 296

23 Soap 307

24 J-E-T-S 327

25 A Norse God 342

26 A Saintly Beating 358

Afterword 371

Acknowledgments 380

Notes 384

Bibliography 412

Index 416

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Gunslinger: The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book.