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Meet David Dorsey

Saturday, January 31st

the author

David Dorsey writes and reports for the Fort Myers News-Press and has since 1994. He also has written for the Kansas City Star and USA Today. He grew up in Fairfield, Ohio; Plano and Kingwood, Texas; Yardley, Pennsylvania; and Yanbu, Saudi Arabia; he graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut, and the University of Kansas in Lawrence. He and his wife have a son, a grown daughter, three cats, and a crazy yellow lab named Thor. Oh, and he is a big fan of Joe Satriani. And Rush. And Led Zeppelin and Foo Fighters. And he loves his wife.
You can follow David on Twitter @DavidADorsey


the book

For the young men of Dunbar—the low-income, historically segregated neighborhoods of Fort Myers, Florida—avoiding the path that leads to easy money as a drug dealer often means choosing complete devotion to football and dreams of NFL stardom. While such dreams remain out of reach for most, an astonishing number of Dunbar athletes, including NFL idols Deion Sanders, Jevon Kearse, and Earnest Graham, have achieved massive success.

Fourth Down in Dunbar is the story of how one community, plagued by drugs and violence, where many children are fatherless, gave rise to so many stellar youth athletes. Using Sanders as the centerpiece of the story, David Dorsey explores Dunbar’s history to show how the same drug culture that ruined so many promising futures also served as motivation for football success. As a reporter for the Fort Myers News-Press, Dorsey had exclusive access to the players and their relatives. He shows the success of the wildly talented as well as the regrets of those who took the wrong path, while highlighting hope for the future of Dunbar.

In this poignant tale of heartbreak and triumph, Dorsey reveals the true nature of these men who overcame the obstacles in their lives and made their families and their hometown proud.
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the reviews


"A moving meditation on hope and despair, wealth and poverty, dreams and reality, a book that answers the worthwhile question: how could one troubled American neighborhood produce so many NFL players"

Steve Rushin - Columnist - Sports Illustrated



"A story that is purely, wonderfully, tragically American. The theme is football, but the threads Dorsey pursues demand a larger stage."


Randy Wayne White - Author Of The Doc Ford Novels



"Dorsey tackles the story of his adopted community with an ideal balance of reverence and objectivity."


Billy Corben - Director - Cocaine Cowboys And Espn’s The U


"They weren’t born to the NFL – the big-hearted community of Dunbar delivered them there."


Joe Drape - Author Of Soldiers First: Duty, Honor, Country, And Football At West Point



"Dorsey takes us behind those Friday night lights, getting inside the hearts and homes of high school football legends who rise, and sometimes fall, in their quest for NFL fame and fortune."


Dan Shaughnessy - Sports Columnist - Boston Globe



"Rarely have we gotten such a vivid look into the reality of how big-time players avoided becoming statistics and got to be great football players and life survivors instead."


Peter King - Senior Writer - Sports Illustrated


Join us at the Sanibel Deli for great food and great conversation!

Saturday, Jan. 31st, 4-6pm

2330 Palm Ridge Rd

Sanibel, FL

Meet David Dorsey and the MacIntosh Staff for a fun, informal signing of Fourth Down in Dunbar. Call 239.472.1447 for more details.


David Dorsey, author, “Fourth Down in Dunbar” on Lee Pitts Live

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