“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
About the Author
JEFF PEARLMAN is the New York Times best-selling author of eight books, including Football for a Buck,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 jeffpearlman.com.
“Jeff Pearlman writing about Brett Favre is a perfect match of author and subject, making Gunslinger as rollicking and raucous and joyous as Favre was improvising at Lambeau Field.” —David Maraniss, author of When Pride Still Mattered and Once in a Great City
“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
“Jeff Pearlman’s deeply reported book is an unprecedented picture of an unprecedented athlete. Brett Favre emerges as at once incorrigibly childish and a magnetic leader of men. Perhaps never in sports history has a star so big inhabited a market so small. Gunslinger leaves an impression of Favre that is neither simply good nor bad, but rather something nearly nonexistent in sportswriting today: a full portrait of a human being.” —David Epstein, author of The Sports Gene
“Here’s a story as iconic as ‘The Gunslinger’ himself, Brett Favre. Like Favre, Jeff Pearlman goes deep—and scores.” —Adam Schefter, author of Romo: My Life on the Edge and Think Like a Champion
“This is the deepest understanding we are likely to have of Favre for quite some time . . . 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.” —Kirkus Reviews