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 (from Amazon)
It was an amazing five months in which I wrote the first draft of The Final Four (it usually takes me closer to a year). The idea of bringing together four basketball players from different backgrounds to a single pinpoint moment on a basketball court in front of a national audience was an incredible challenge. But as with all of my novels, I was able to find inspiration in real-life circumstances. I love college basketball and the real Final Four. Most of us see it on TV, read newspaper accounts, and hear the play-by-play as a backdrop to other things we're doing around the house. That's one of the feelings I wanted my readers to experience. So I used all sorts of media, including articles, interviews, and even a play-by-play broadcast team to describe the action. I used the powerhouse Michigan State Spartans and the underdog Trojans of Troy University as the competing teams because small schools such as Butler (IN) and George Mason (VA) have made big impacts at the Final Four in recent years. (read on)
Cigarette card collector Benjamin K. Edwards preserved these baseball cards in albums with more than 12,000 other cards on many subjects. After his death, Edwards' daughter gave the albums to noted poet and Lincoln biographer Carl Sandburg, who donated them to the Library's Prints and Photographs Division in 1954.