Fourth Down in Dunbar

Deion Sanders, Jevon Kearse, Earnest Graham, Sammy Watkins and other NFL stars from Fort Myers, Florida are featured in Fourth Down in Dunbar, which we are pleased to be publishing today.

Sports Illustrated senior writer Peter King says, “Rarely have we gotten such a vivid look into the reality of how big-time players avoided becoming statistics.” Fourth Down in Dunbar tells how the Dunbar neighborhoods of Fort Myers—plagued by drugs and violence and where many children are fatherless—gave rise to an incredible number of talented NFL players.

Nearly two dozen athletes from Dunbar have achieved massive success. Sammy Watkins being picked fourth in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills marks almost sixty years of the Dunbar star athlete phenomenon.

In his twenty years as a reporter for the Fort Myers News-Press, author David Dorsey has witnessed future stars mature from playing at local high schools to playing on TV. “In writing this book,” says Dorsey, “I realized the best way to reveal the men behind the facemasks is to be in their hometown and to talk to them, their families and their friends and coaches during the offseason.”

Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy says, “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.”

See who else is excited about the book:

Want to find out more? Watch author David Dorsey talk about the book on WINK NEWS, find out what the author learned from writing Fourth Down in Dunbar, or visit our website to read an excerpt from the book.

The author will host a launch party for his book TONIGHT, September 23, 5:30pm–7:30pm, at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre (1380 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers, Florida). Admission is free. There will be free draft beer, free pizza for the first 75 guests, a cash bar, and the opportunity to purchase the book and have it signed by Dorsey. The event will feature several of the NFL players from the book.

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4 Comments on “Fourth Down in Dunbar”

  1. September 23, 2014 at 12:28 pm #

    Reblogged this on DAILYBOOKS.ORG and commented:
    Dunbar High School in Fort Myers has produced an extraordinary number of outstanding football players. David A. Dorsey has written a new book, Fourth Down in Dunbar, that examines that why an area plague with drug abuse and violence has also started the career of numerous NFL players.

  2. Kevin
    September 25, 2014 at 11:56 am #

    when will book be out in paperback? kpratt42@aol.com

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