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

This book is all about the football icon Brett Favre. He seems so simple to most people and he is all about football and good shaving. But it wasn’t always that simple for the great quarterback. He is and always has been a very complex person.

So where does the term “Gunslinger” come from?

First, let’s look at the authors point to the youth of Favre. He grew up in Mississippi and came from a small town with all the small town stereotypes including the “aw shucks.” Favre was loved locally but had some issues in his life that were serious and could have taken over his entire being. He was a flawed human being that dealt in pain killing and alcohol along with unkind treatment of others and being unfaithful to his wife. How did he survive those problems?

Pearlman goes into some details into the life of Favre from the Mississippi roots to what he knew as an isolated Green Bay. Included is the story and how he got through these issues with the help of his wife. He gives us some insight into the throwing style of Favre and the “gunslinger” methods. Brett Favre was not a simple man.