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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (20 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Monte Burke Narrator: George Newbern Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9781619692022
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As a kid growing up in a rough-and-tumble neighborhood in New York City, Joe Moglia dreamed of someday becoming the head coach of a college football team—not of becoming a corporate titan.

But sometimes, life gets in the way of our dreams. By the time Joe was in his early thirties, he had risen through high school and college football ranks to become the defensive coordinator at Dartmouth. His dream was very much within reach, but Joe wasn’t making enough money to support his growing family. Faced with a choice between chasing his dreams and supporting his wife and four young children, Joe did the honorable thing: he walked away from football and went to Wall Street to try to find a job that would pay the bills.

Without a background in business or finance, Joe had a résumé that only reflected teaching jobs and coaching accomplishments. Yet somehow—through sheer grit and determination—he was able to land an entry-level position at Merrill Lynch.

Twenty-five years later, Joe had climbed to the top of the business world. He was the CEO of TD Ameritrade, one of the country’s most successful financial firms. He was recognized as one of the most respected corporate chiefs in America. But over all those years, Joe never shook his passion for coaching football. In 2008 he made a fateful and stunning decision: he walked away from his high-paying corporate career to pursue his dream of becoming a college football head coach.

Getting hired as a college coach proved incredibly difficult. College athletic directors told him it was an impossible feat. He’d been out of football for nearly three decades. Undaunted, and at age sixty, Joe became an unpaid intern with the University of Nebraska’s football team in 2009 and 2010. In 2011 he was named the head coach of the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League, a professional league teetering on the brink of financial collapse. It was a risky proposition, but one he felt he needed to take to prove naysayers wrong. Failure would mean the death of a dream that refused to die.

As told by Forbes writer Monte Burke, 4th & Goal is a detailed account of Joe Moglia’s amazing and uplifting life story, the quest to achieve an ultimate dream and its stunning conclusion. It’s a tale of overcoming adversity, of never giving up, and of never losing sight of one’s true goals in life.

It is a story, quite literally, of a dream deferred but not forgotten.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Captivating…Burke combines snappy magazine prose with the natural drama of Joe Moglia's unlikely career arc.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “No one should ever be ashamed of letting practicality and responsibility take their dreams away. But what an inspiration Joe is to never let his dream die. After reading his story, I remind myself I still have my own unfulfilled dreams to pursue.”

    Steve Young, NFL Hall of Famer

  • “The story of Joe Moglia is equal parts sports, business, and family. In 4th and Goal, we clearly see that the common denominator is passion, and we end up rooting for Joe as he gets one last shot at his dream.”

    Jeffrey Marx, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Season of Life

  • “We all like to dream big when it comes to pursuing our goals, but the truth is, the real world too often gets in the way. That's why Joe Moglia's story is so fulfilling. Joe dared to chase his dreams, and this wonderful book captures his story in a way that is both gripping and unforgettable.”

    Jim Nantz, CBS Sports

  • “A winning story for fans of Friday Night Lights and believers in the American dream.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Toguchi | 12/8/2013

    " 5 stars for personal journey, 2.5 for the narrative style. Still worthy of a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Mccormick | 10/15/2013

    " Really interesting book on Joe's life. I really like how Burke structured the chapters. Some of the writing was a bit cheesy but all in all a great story and inspiring life he led. "

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About the Narrator

George Newbern is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and a television and film actor best known for his roles as Brian MacKenzie in Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part II, as well as Danny in Friends. As a voice actor, he is notable for his role as Superman on the Cartoon Newtork series Static Shock, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. He has guest starred on many television series, including Scandal, The Mentalist, Private Practice, CSI: Miami, and Numb3rs. He holds a BA in theater arts from Northwestern University.