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
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
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