The letters keep coming, sometimes 20 a month asking for Dennis Gaubatz's autograph. Sometimes it's a football card that the old Colt receives. More often, it's the cover of one of the three national magazines on which Gaubatz appeared in his five years as the rugged middle linebacker on Baltimore's ballyhooed defense of the 1960s.
How many copies of Life and Sports Illustrated does he reckon he's signed?
"My gawd, I have no idea. But they just don't stop," said Gaubatz, 73, from his home in West Columbia, Texas. When a California firm offered to manage the signings, he declined.
"I've never charged fans for autographs and I'm not about...