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Silky Powell, Saints Equipment Manager, Calls It Quits After Nearly Four Decades

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METAIRIE -- Saying he has "seen it all, the good, bad and ugly,'' longtime assistant equipment manager Glennon "Silky" Powell is retiring after 38 years with the New Orleans Saints.

Friday will mark Powell's final work day with the Black and Gold, ending a memorable relationship that began in 1974.

"It's been a pleasure to come to work every day,'' Powell said Thursday from inside the team's equipment room. "I've pretty much seen it all -- the 1-15 season (in 1980), Hurricane Katrina, the Super Bowl and all the stuff that's gone on this offseason. I guess you could say 'the good, the bad and the ugly.' And I've loved every minute of it."

Powell, 65, said he will assume his new role as the family "bus driver'' for his three young children and wife Connie, in addition to being on call for his old friend and current Saints equipment manager, Dan "Chief'' Simmons.

Powell and Simmons went into the Saints Hall of Fame as the 2010 co-recipients of the Joe Gemelli Fleur De Lis award.


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