Gunslinger: The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life 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 B ...more
Sports biographies are notoriously easy reads, and this is no different. I skipped 100+ pages about Brett's childhood and college, and skimmed about another fifteen percent. I don't read fast at all, and yet I read the book in roughly 24 hours. The issue with the book is I knew, or had heard about most of the racy bits about Favre's career. I remember hearing rumors about his womanizing, I remember hearing about ...more
I would like to rate this 3 1/2 stars, but I'll just round it up to 4.
As a lifelong fan of the Vikings, I was definitely interested in reading this book to learn more about the life of Brett Favre. This seems to be a pretty complete overview and not just limited to on-field situations. This is my first time reading a sports-related biography, so I was unsure of what to expect. I did like the human interest pieces a lot more than the play-by-play that was inserted throughout, but I did often rem
Presumably, those who read this review (aside, perhaps, from Goodreads friends wondering what the heck I’m babb ...more
This biography of Favre does a great job of filling in his childhood, high school, and college days which many people are not as aware of. Brett started out as a prankster and living life hard (or to its fullest) and he never really quit. The ...more
Not living in the US, my engagement with NFL varies year on year – in college, and my heavy gambling phases after college, I watched l ...more
As such I can't give an unbiased review o ...more
It was nice to have some of the holes filled in ...more
this is probably one of the more critical biographies i've read, and though I think we should all appreciate honesty, it was a bummer to read about brett's shadow side.
mixed in with the difficult were some beautiful moments though, in which Pearlman gives readers insigh ...more
I’ve been a Packer fan since I was a kid. I always knew Brett Favre wasn’t a saint, but wow. Sometimes the higher you climb, the further you fall. The end of the book, when Pearlman talks about ‘He’s retiring...no he’s not...oh wait...yes he is...nope...’ had me laughing out loud. As a diehard Cheesehead I might have also enjoyed reading about how horrible of a time Favre actually had with the J ...more
As with his book on Walter Payton, the goal isn't to make the football star look great. Both of these guys come across as crappy husbands who are chronic womanizers. But it's a thorough, truly i ...more
Pearlman was born and raised in Mahopac, New Y ...more