GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – It’s not an easy task to trap the wild and unflinching Brett Favre in book form, but author Jeff Pearlman accepted the challenge with “The Gunslinger: The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre.”
The New York Times best-selling author stopped by Action 2 News This Morning to talk about his acclaimed biography of the “fastball-throwing, tobacco-chewing gunslinger who refused to give up without a fight.”
Jeff Pearlman’s book covers Favre’s early days, how he was discovered, and his “whistling football.” It charts #4’s path from Kiln, Mississippi to beloved Green Bay Packer, to pariah for his prolonged retirement.
It also covers Favre’s struggles with addiction and infidelity.
Favre denied Pearlman’s request to speak for the book, but the author had the next best thing–Brett’s family. They sent him home with scrapbooks.
“I kind of just went down to Mississippi, hung out with the family,” Pearlman says. “If you’ve ever met Brett’s mom, she’s one of a kind.”
Pearlman’s book became the buzz of NFL punditry for the untold story of the rocky relationship between Favre and current Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
“It was the story of two guys coming from totally different perspectives,” Pearlman says. “Aaron Rodgers is 21 years old. He’s very cocky. He’s coming in from Cal. He’s the first guy ever brought in to replace Brett.”
Pearlman continues, “It was the second day of training camp and Rodgers walks in and he sees Favre sitting at the table. ‘Hey morning grandpa.'”
Pearlman interviewed about 500 people for this book.
The author will be at the Barnes and Noble store on Oneida St in Ashwaubenon Friday night. The event starts at 7 p.m.