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

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By Jeff Pearlman

A towering determine at the box for 2 many years who breezed into the corridor of popularity, Brett Favre used to be one of many game's final cowboys, a fastball-throwing, tobacco-chewing gunslinger who refused to renounce with no struggle. This peerless quarterback guided the fairway Bay Packers to 2 tremendous Bowls and one championship win, shattering numerous NFL documents alongside the way.

Gunslinger tells Brett Favre's tale for the 1st time, drawing on greater than interviews, together with many from the folks closest to Favre. Jeff Pearlman charts an unprecedented trip from his tough rural adolescence and lackluster highschool soccer occupation to touchdown the final scholarship at Southern Mississippi to a automobile twist of fate that almost took his lifestyles. Favre clawed again, getting drafted into the NFL by means of the Atlanta Falcons, then discovering his strategy to eco-friendly Bay, the place he restored the Packers to greatness and encouraged a fan base as passionate as any within the video game. but he struggled with demons: habit, infidelity, the lack of his father, and a fraught, painfully lengthy go out from the sport he enjoyed, a video game he could not undergo to leave.

Grand, gritty, and revelatory, Gunslinger is a huge activities biography of the top order, a desirable portrait of the guy with the rocket arm whose existence has been one in all triumph, of popularity, of tragedy, of embarrassment, and-ultimately-of redemption.

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It could be a stick from the yard. Or a belt or black rubber hose. Sometimes they’d be offered a choice—a thrashing with an inanimate object, or kneeling for a prolonged period on a rock pile. “You’d take the rocks,” said Brandi. “Dad had this blue belt. ” That. Whop! Was. Whop! Love. Whop! “One time we were on the back of my dad’s truck, and I was fighting with one of my cousins and Dad told us to stop,” said Brandi. “Well, we flipped off the back of the truck while it was moving. I kept beating my cousin up on the ground, and Dad beat me from out there all the way until we were inside.

Of noises. Of spiders. Of ghosts and wasps and ants and tall people. Whereas Scott seemed to emerge from the womb with the confidence of a five-star general, Brett looked around—then checked twice. Creaks in the floor freaked him out. Wind made his hands shake. “When he got the ESPY Award [in 2004] and they talked about him being tough and courageous, we all laughed,” said Bonita. “If they only knew how, when we’d come home when he was little, he’d turn every light in the house on. If we’d go to a haunted house for Halloween, he’d lock himself in the car.

Then, toward the end of his eighth-grade year, Shaw pulled his quarterback aside. ” Favre said. “Yeah,” Shaw replied. ” His first-ever football team was named the Rockets. Although Charles Burton was but a fourth grader at the time, his school—Charles B. Murphy Elementary in Pearlington, Mississippi—was willing to make an exception and add the 8-year-old to the squad. Even though rules stated one had to be 11 or 12 to play. Even though he was as tiny as a peanut, with the skinny legs and pipe cleaner arms to match.

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