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Drew Hampton, the Jacksonville Jaguars' equipment manager, has been named National Football Leagues "Equipment Manager of the Year" by vote of his peers.

Hampton was presented with the "Whitey Zimmerman Memorial Award," symbolic of the honor, during the recent annual meeting of NFL equipment managers.

Zimmerman was the longtime former equipment manager of the Atlanta Falcons, a highly-regarded member of his profession.

Hampton is in his ninth year with the Jacksonville Jaguars and his eighth year as the manager of the equipment staff.

Before coming to Jacksonville, Hampton had worked in the New York Jets' equipment room on a part-time and full-time basis since he was 13 years old. His father, Bill Hampton, was the Jets' equipment manager for 39 years until retiring in 2001 (he moved to Florida and now assists his son on game days).

Hampton was born July 29, 1966 in Long Island, N.Y. He and his wife, Janine, have three daughters: Paige, Peyton and Haley.

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