Q and A with sportswriter, Jeff Pearlman
Jeff Pearlman is a New York Times best-selling author of multiple books (Gunslinger,Boys Will Be Boys,Sweetness,The bad guys won, and Showtime). His latest book “Football For A Buck”, gives an inside look of the former spring professional league (USFL). I had the pleasure of emailing Mr. Pearlman a few questions about the book, his writing process, and the league.
How long did it take you to gather all of the information to make this book?
Well, I only had a year. Which is the shortest amount of time I’ve ever had for a book. So I just … busted ass. More than 400 interviews, diving into archives. Plugging away nonstop.
When your working on a new project, are you striving to outdo the last one?
Not really. I just want each book to be its own and, hopefully, meet some standards. But I don’t think that way. The goal is to write the best book possible, not outdo past efforts. That’d be too much.
How would the 21st-century USFL look like now? (Hypothetical)
A hell of a lot like the AAFL. Spring, cool names, cool helmets, established coaches, not throwing around money like confetti.
Who's your unsung player coming out of the league? (USFL)
Oh, probably Kelvin Bryant, the Stars halfback. People always think of Herschel Walker when they think USFL. Well, Bryant was his equal — and he won two championships (Walker won none)
What are some of your favorite sports books?
So many to pick from. “Ali” by Jonathan Eig, “Hank Aaron” by Howard Bryant, “Loose Balls” by Terry Pluto, “The $1 League” by Jim Byrne.