FREDERICK, MD - Exhibitors and sponsors of the National Auto Auction Association (NAAA) 58th Annual Convention Equipment & Services Exposition in Orlando, Fla., Sept. 26-Oct. 1, 2006, will celebrate in the end zone when association President Tom Caruso completes a pass with a special appreciation gift. Caruso will present each exhibitor with a football autographed by four Heisman Trophy winners. Sponsors of the show will each be presented with a special designed football jersey, complete with the sponsor's name and logo.

The sponsor and exhibitor recognition reception will be broadcast via the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association's (NIADA) NIADA.TV broadband network.

Among the Heisman Trophy winners who will sign footballs include:

  • Joe Bellino, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate who earned the Heisman honor in 1960.

  • Johnny Rogers, a Nebraska Cornhusker who broke offensive records by the dozens. In his three-year career he racked up 5,586 all-purpose yards for an NCAA record.

  • Gino Torretta, a Miami Hurricane quarterback with more than 7,000 aerial yards and went undefeated in two consecutive seasons.

    Also on hand will be Pete Dawkins, a United States Military Academy at West Point graduate. Dawkins achieved Brigadier General rank at the age of 43 and currently serves as vice chairman of the Citigroup Private Bank. He has accepted an invitation to speak at the DaimlerChrysler luncheon during the NAAA convention.