Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cheese 'N' Grit a Comprehensive Biography of the Great Brett Favre

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cheese 'N' Grit a Comprehensive Biography of the Great Brett Favre

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By Jeff Pearlman.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28

It was the afternoon of Sept. 17, 1992, when the Pittsburgh Steelers -off to a 3-0 start that season -ran headfirst into history at Lambeau Field.

Looking for their first 4-0 open since the year they last won the Super Bowl, 1979, the Steelers were favorites against a Green Bay Packer team that was giving a young quarterback his first career NFL start.

That quarterback rolled over the Steelers rather easily, 17-3, burning the NFL's best cornerback, Rod Woodson, on two impressive touchdown throws.

That quarterback was Brett Favre -the one-and-only, the man with the rocket arm, and most recently, the Pro Football Hall of Famer -launching his illustrious career by dismantling the Steelers' defense in a way he'd do to countless others over 20 seasons.

During this holiday season, football fans can relive Favre's life - from his early days growing up in rural Mississippi, to his often-forgotten season in Atlanta, to his Super Bowl win and rocky relationship with Aaron Rodgers -in "Gunslinger: The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre" by Jeff Pearlman.

Over nearly 400 pages, Mr. Pearlman, The New York Times bestselling author known for his exhaustive reporting and researching process, puts readers inside the locker rooms where Mr. Favre became one of the most beloved and flawed players in the sport's history. It is in this territory where Mr. Pearlman thrives; his obsessive focus on athletes as human beings is constructed behind dogged reporting, in this case by interviewing 573 people.

The result is the most comprehensive biography of Brett Favre that exists. The book's depth is no more apparent than in the poignant look at Mr. Favre's rookie year in an Atlanta Falcons uniform, a year that the quarterback dedicated a whopping seven paragraphs to in his 1997 autobiography. …

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