One of Drew Hampton’s favorite childhood memories is of an iconic NFL quarterback and his car.
“Joe Willie and his big, white Eldorado,” the Maryland football team’s equipment manager recalled with a laugh.
Hampton, 51, has vivid recollections of seeing Joe Namath drive away from New York Jets training camp at Hofstra on Long Island in his Cadillac convertible — always with the top down.
“Joe just had an aura about him,” Hampton said, sitting in his office at the Gossett Team house Friday. “Even if you were young, you knew that was Joe Willie. It was cool, whether you saw him on ‘The Brady Bunch’ or the Hamilton Beach popcorn makers.”
Unlike most young fans,...