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82 year old flourishing as Chicopee football team manager

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CHICOPEE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Eddie Sagan is an 82-year old Navy veteran and retired jack of all trades, but he's also the team manager for Chicopee High School Football, and has been for over a decade.

"I don't know what i would do if i wasn't the manager." Said Sagan, a Chicopee resident.

So just what does Eddie do? or better yet what doesn't Eddie do?

"I got to make sure all the equipment is ready for the kids, I have to open all the locker rooms, I clean the locker rooms for them...all the balls have to have 13 pounds of air in them." Sagan said.

Don't forget opening Szot Park where they play their home games, and filling waters on his hand painted cart, and that's just another day at the office. Sagan is all Pacers all the time.

"He is just an unbelievable Chicopee supporter, not just football, but softball, baseball, volleyball, he goes to a lot of games." said Head Football Coach Alex Efstratios.

If you don't believe that, you should see his house. There are dozens and dozens of Chicopee memorabilia that adorn the walls.

Carrying equipment, filling waters, that only touches the surface of Eddie Sagan. To players, coaches, to Chicopee high school for that matter, there is no one more unique and more loyal then the 82-year-old in red.

"He's a part time coach, facilities director, mentor, guru to the kids, everybody just loves Eddie for everything he does for us." said Jim Blain, Athletic Director for Chicopee Public Schools. 

Players feel his impact on every snap.

"He's a motivator. sometimes i will come out of the locker room, he will say 'hey Zay, let's have a good practice, keep running the ball strong, you had a great game, keep your head up." said Senior Captain Issaia Jackson.

Coaches say they are lucky to have him, and only wish they found him sooner.

"I got here about 13 years ago, he came up to me and said 'can i help out the team?' i said absolutely, he's been nothing but spectacular for us as a manager." added Efstratios.

Sagan is the last of his family. All seven of his siblings have passed away and he never had kids. His time on the field is everything to him, and he plans to be the manager for the rest of his life.

"That's like my family now. you know all the kids. I pretend its my family because I don't have no family anymore you know?" said Sagan.

So the next time you cheer on the Pacers at Szot Park, look for Eddie. He will likely have something in his hand, or be cheering on his beloved team.

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