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SATURDAY TO RETIRE AS A MEMBER OF THE COLTS

Posted by coltsindianapolis on March 1, 2013 – 3:12 pm

Former NFL center Jeff Saturday will officially retire as a member of the Indianapolis Colts. The 14-year veteran who spent 13 seasons with the Colts will make his retirement official at a press conference on Thursday, March 7, at noon at the team’s Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.  Watch it streaming on Colts.com/live.

“The years I spent with the Colts were truly remarkable and I am honored to be able to retire as a member of one of the classiest organizations in the NFL,” said Saturday. “I also want to thank Green Bay for the opportunity to compete as a member of the Packers last season. During my time in Indianapolis, I made tremendous relationships with numerous teammates, coaches and staff within the organization. It was also a pleasure playing for Mr. Irsay who is a wonderful owner. He gave tremendous support for my wife and I in all of our community endeavors. There were so many successful seasons that I was part of, but nothing tops our Super Bowl championship during the 2006 season. I’ll never forget the support of Colts fans and the City of Indianapolis during my time here. My wife and I love this community and have established our roots here. We’re looking forward to the next chapter in Indianapolis.”

Saturday started 202-of-211 contests in his NFL career with the Colts and Packers. His 13 seasons in Indianapolis rank tied for the third most in franchise history, while his 197 games played is currently tied for fourth in team annals. Saturday was named to three Associated Press NFL All-Pro teams and was selected to five Pro Bowls. He celebrated a Super Bowl XLI Championship during the 2006 campaign.

Saturday was part of an offensive line that assisted the Colts in generating 5,000-plus net yard seasons from 1999-2010. In 2010, the offensive line allowed 16.0 sacks, tied for the fewest in the NFL. It also marked the fifth time the club ranked first in the category with Saturday in the lineup (2004-2006, 2009-2010). The offensive line helped quarterback Peyton Manning become the only NFL quarterback with 13 consecutive seasons with 25-plus touchdown passes and 3,000-plus passing yards. Saturday and Manning also surpassed Minnesota quarterback Fran Tarkenton and center Mick Tingelhoff for the most starts by a quarterback-center duo in NFL history with 170. The team’s record during those starts was 120-50.

Saturday was also an instrumental figure for the NFL Players Association during the 2011 collective bargaining agreement negotiations. He worked diligently with other members of the NFLPA and the NFL to end a lockout prior to the start of the season.


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25 Responses to “SATURDAY TO RETIRE AS A MEMBER OF THE COLTS”

  1. By Debbie on Mar 1, 2013 | Reply

    That makes me very, very happy!!!! Really miss him as a Colt!!!!

  2. By Cal Warner on Mar 1, 2013 | Reply

    Awesome news! I will still wear my #63 Jersey, proudly!

  3. By Terry McDonald on Mar 1, 2013 | Reply

    That is fantastic, it is the right thing to do, thank you to the Team and to Mr. Saturday.

  4. By devon on Mar 1, 2013 | Reply

    Respect he’s a great player sad to see him leave the league but at least it’s as a Colt

  5. By Sherry Kilby on Mar 1, 2013 | Reply

    That is awesome!!!

  6. By TC on Mar 1, 2013 | Reply

    This is great news! I’ll never forget his fumble recovery for a toughdown in the AFC champ. game against The Pats. Helped us get that ring for sure. Not to mention the wonderful charity work he did for Indy.

  7. By Mark Meyer on Mar 1, 2013 | Reply

    I hope they let him play in a game in his #63 jersey!

  8. By Jenny on Mar 1, 2013 | Reply

    YES!!!

  9. By Debbie on Mar 1, 2013 | Reply

    I’m so happy for him and for all us Colts fans!!!

  10. By Jamie Cox on Mar 1, 2013 | Reply

    Awesome he is my favorite

  11. By Cynthia Sechrist on Mar 1, 2013 | Reply

    This is where he should be! Ring of Honor would be nice too

  12. By becmay on Mar 1, 2013 | Reply

    Will there be a Ceremony? I hope so~~as a HUGE Saturday Fan for many years, would love to come say “Congrats”!!!

  13. By Sue B. on Mar 1, 2013 | Reply

    As he should – with honor.

  14. By IndySnix on Mar 1, 2013 | Reply

    I am so happy for him. He was at the heart of our team and did many good things for our community. He’s a good guy. Forever a Colt!

  15. By Ryan on Mar 1, 2013 | Reply

    What a great career! Glad to see him return home to retire with us. Now if only we can get him to return as an offensive line coach. I know he would work miracles for that line.

  16. By CJ on Mar 1, 2013 | Reply

    This is GREAT new, we love Saturday, he should of never been a Packer.

  17. By Frank on Mar 2, 2013 | Reply

    he showed his loyalty to this team even when he went to Greenbay realized it wasnt for him he only went for 1 season and never forgot his true love the indianapolis colts it showed in Hawaii with Manning when the colts say they love this team they really mean it

  18. By Brian on Mar 2, 2013 | Reply

    Awesome news! Glad the Colts are honoring you by bringing you back so you can retire where you should have been the whole time! Good luck to you in the future!

  19. By Judy on Mar 4, 2013 | Reply

    Indiana is honored to have had you as a Colt. Wish you the very best in the future.

  20. By Marc on Mar 4, 2013 | Reply

    This makes me very happy. Thank you Mr Saturday for the great memories!

  21. By lynn on Mar 4, 2013 | Reply

    As it should be

  22. By Shauna on Mar 4, 2013 | Reply

    That is amazing news!!! He will ALWAYS be a Colt in the hearts of our fans. Thank you Mr. Saturday!!!!

  23. By jan on Mar 4, 2013 | Reply

    I’m so happy and glad to have him back. I’d love to see him join Bob Lamey since I watch TV and listen to Lamey.

  24. By Linda on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    Retiring with the COLTS is where you belong and we so love you here! Happy to have you back in Indiana..WE LOVE YOU! Enjoy your retirement.

  25. By Darla on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    so glad you are retiring as a COLT. I wish you were still going to play, but I know for you it is time. Enjoy retirement. FYI you were the reason my grandson wanted to play football. He is 14 years old now, plays football for Delphi, Indiana. He is 6 ft. and weighs 210. Thank you for being a sports figure he could look up to. God Bless you.

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