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The president of JanSport, one of the most popular names in backpacks, died in a car accident Saturday when he crashed into a tree.

Michael Corvino, 66, was driving his 1970 Dodge Charger when he veered off the road, striking a tree, said California Highway Patrol.

In the car with Corvino were three passengers including his 16-year-old daughter, who suffered minor injuries and was transported to John Muir Medical Center.

“He was a wonderful, wonderful man. There was something so special about him,” Joyce Corvino said. “He made everyone laugh.”

Corvino was born in Philadelphia. He played linebacker for the University of Maryland and later joined the Washington Federals in the U.S. Football League.

Frank Fenton, vice president of sales at JanSport, said his friend “Vino” loved to drive and ride his Harley. They golfed together.

“He was bigger than life,” Fenton said.

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