Jeff Saturday Retires After Signing 1-day Contract With Indianapolis Colts

Jeff Saturday, Packers reach deal

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In January, Saturday made it clear his dream was to retire with the team with which he started his career. His wish was granted by Jim Irsay and the Indianapolis Colts as he signed a 1-day contract during the very memorable press conference Thursday afternoon. Prior to the signing of the contract, Irsay spoke fondly of Saturday, referring to him is the heartbeat of the organization during his tenure. Irsay noted how special of a player and a person Saturday has always been to his team and community. “When I think about Jeff, I think about one of the greatest success stories in the National Football League,” Irsay said as he applauded Saturday’s career. Following his accolades, Irsay signed the 1-day contract during the press conference as he joked about this transaction not costing him a thing, for once. Saturday then followed suit as he watched his dream come true.

Former Colts center Jeff Saturday has lost more than 50 pounds

Photos by Darron Cummings/AP, and Matt Kryger/The Star

Since retiring following the 2012 season, hes dropped more than 50 pounds, and was photographed at Sundays Bills-Colts game looking very svelte. Heres Saturday in 2010 at Colts camp, on the left, and at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday, on the right. Photos by Darron Cummings/AP, and Matt Kryger/The Star His massive weight loss likely means theres no chance of an NFL comeback. Jeff Saturday is down to 230-240. No interest in rejoining Peyton in Denver, which lost Dan Koppen and JD Walton at OC #broncos

Jeff Saturday making moves toward a TV career

Jeff Saturday

It’s an uncharacteristic play for a relatively high-profile free agent by Packers general manager Ted Thompson, who built the Packers into consistent contenders primarily by drafting and developing players. Green Bay may still look for a long-term answer at center in next month’s NFL draft to learn the position behind Saturday. The Packers have signed only a handful of unrestricted free agents away from other teams under Thompson, most notably cornerback Charles Woodson and defensive lineman Ryan Pickett in 2006. Green Bay did not immediately confirm the deal for Saturday. Colts owner Jim Irsay wished Saturday well. “I wanted him to work for (the) team full time but he wanted to go at it one more year … He’s as good of a man as it gets,” Irsay wrote on his Twitter account. Saturday had been the Colts’ full-time starting center since 2000. He became a fan favorite, a key figure in the NFL Players Association and one of Manning’s closest friends.

Saturday will be closing out a 14-year career with his sixth Pro Bowl nod, although he did end the season on the bench after the Packers opted to go with Evan Dietrich-Smith in the middle of the line in the final weeks of the regular season and playoffs. Saturday started 182 games for the Colts after signing with them in 1999, all but the final 16 of them with Peyton Manning at quarterback during a very fruitful run for the Colts that included a Super Bowl championship. Saturday also served on the Executive Committee for the players during the 2011 lockout. His emotional hug with Patriots owner Robert Kraft when the matter was finally settled made for a good way to end the contentiousness and get back to football. Not bad for a guy who got cut by the Ravens in 1998 as an undrafted player. Jan 25, 2013 12:24 PM One of the classiest big lineman in the league. HOF worthy?

Jeff Saturday calling it quits after Pro Bowl

Aaron Rodgers, Jeff Saturday

Saturday always came across well during interviews and was particularly impressive while playing a lead role as a spokesman of sorts for the players during the 2011 lockout, which makes it little surprise to learn that hes signed with mega-agency IMG to represent him in the search for broadcasting gigs. Saturday will be represented by Sandy Montag, who represents Bob Costas and John Madden among other luminaries, and the veteran agent believes Saturday brings a strong combination of on-field experience and on-air personality to the table. Its kind of rare that a former center would have that kind of personality, Montag said, via the Indianapolis Business Journal. He may be retired, but wed expect to keep seeing and/or hearing from Saturday on Sundays all the same. 8 Responses to Jeff Saturday making moves toward a TVcareer floratiotime says: Jun 27, 2013 8:55 AM Perhaps he can be one of Jay-Zs adoring posse like Victor Cruz? Assuming he can swallow his pride. Jun 27, 2013 8:57 AM Jeff Saturday was the best offensive lineman since Milt Sunde.

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