Gunslinger: The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre by Jeff PearlmanFrom a New York Times best-selling author, the full, definitive biography 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 Bowls and one championship win, shattering countless NFL records along the way.
Gunslinger tells Brett Favre’s story for the first time, drawing on more than five hundred interviews, including many from the people closest to Favre. Jeff Pearlman charts an unparalleled journey from his 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. Favre clawed back, getting drafted into the NFL by the Atlanta Falcons, then finding his way to 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.
Grand, 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, of fame, of tragedy, of embarrassment, and—ultimately—of redemption.
10 Oldest NFL Quarterbacks Ever
While every position on a football team is important, the quarterback is inarguably the most vital member of any team. Being quarterback requires the most skill, intelligence, and the quarterback needs to posses various leadership qualities. According to one analysis, the average age of an NFL quarterback is in their early to mids. Every single one of the quarterbacks on this list far surpasses this average, with all of them playing in their 40s. The oldest quarterback ever, George Blanda, was just shy of his 49 th birthday when he retired!
It is the third time Favre has retired from the NFL, but after failing to make the playoffs in a season that included tendinitis in his right elbow, a broken ankle and split chin, the gray-haired grandfather said this time was for real. Favre, who also said he understood that some fans would be skeptical of his decision being truly final, filed retirement papers with the NFL on Monday, the league told Reuters. Favre, whose record streak of regular season starts ended in December because of a sprained shoulder, was a shadow of the player who enjoyed so much success a year earlier when he led Minnesota to within one win of a Super Bowl appearance. Favre began his professional career in when he was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons but did not make a great start. His first NFL pass was intercepted for a touchdown and he was traded to the Packers the following season. He went on to establish himself as a talented player and spent the next 16 seasons with Green Bay, leading them to their first NFL title in 29 years when they beat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in In , Favre retired for the first time.
Originally a backup quarterback, he started for an injured teammate in the third game of the season and never relinquished the position.
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14. Vince Evans
Nearly all sports, when played at the highest level, are pursuits for the young. Professional careers align with athletic peaks, and the aging process will eventually force everyone, even Hall of Fame locks such as Peyton Manning , to retire. Careers in the NFL are notoriously short, so playing past age 30 is an accomplishment. The oldest NFL quarterbacks of all time put most athletes to shame by playing into their 40s. Even though he played for a long time, he would have needed to play another 10 years to be No. The man who led the Seattle Seahawks to their first Super Bowl appearance, in , was only about halfway through his career at that point.
Brett Favre has now officially come out of retirement three times in his professional football career. Today marked the third time Favre has changed his mind about leaving the game behind. Since his first attempt at retirement in , Favre has gotten into a pattern of retiring once a year. The only difference between this retirement and the others is the fact that Favre will not be signing to a new team. This time Favre will be coming out of his short retirement to play for the team he just recently retired from. Favre had spent most of his football career with the Packers, and then in March of , he officially announced that he was retiring from the team and the game of professional football. Just five months later, Favre came out of retirement and the Packers sent the previously retired player to the Jets.