Dorsett was the special guest at the opening of the CT International Auto Show, a by-invitation-only fundraising soiree sponsored by the Ct Automotive Retailers Assn.
The Hall of Famer skipped over talk about his recently diagnosed chronic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease that has been linked to head trauma. He wanted to talk cars.
“The first car I ever drove when I was a teenager, A Dodge, a blue Dodge,” he said grinning as he signed footballs, jerseys and anything else guests put in front of him to get the celebrity’s autograph. “It was built the way cars used to be built, metal not plastic,” he said. “I still remember getting a small dent in that car when I was a kid and being so afraid to tell my father,” he added. I’ll never forget that car.” And what wheels is the Hall of Famer is driving now? “A Nissan Pathfinder,” he said. “It suits me just fine.”
Dorsett was wasn’t the only star at the party held in the midst of an exhibit hall full of the newest and the brightest cars featured at the show that runs through Sunday. There was Lewis Mills High School junior Cameron Greenwood, too. The 16-year-old cancer survivor and patient from the medical center, and his parents Scott and Danielle, were special guests, serving as the specially selected “host family” welcoming Dorsett. “I just got the briefing on him,” said Cameron about the crash course on “Dorsett” he received in the car on the way to the party.
“I’m actually a Giants fan,” said his dad who provided the tutorial. “But Dorsett was one heck of a runner when he played.”