The Indianapolis Colts will induct former center Jeff Saturday into the team’s Ring of Honor during halftime of the Colts Monday Night Football contest against the New York Jets on September 21, 2015.
Saturday spent 13 seasons in a Colts uniform (1999-2011) and ranks tied for fifth in team history in games played (197). He also ranks third in franchise history with 132 wins, sitting behind Reggie Wayne (143) and Peyton Manning (141). Saturday was named to six Pro Bowls (five with the Colts), was a two-time Associated Press First Team All-Pro (2005 and 2007) and was a three-time PFWA All-Conference choice (2005-07).
“Jeff represented both the organization and the City of Indianapolis with a tremendous amount of class for 13 seasons,” said Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay. “The passion for which he played the game was infectious and he quickly developed into one of this game’s great leaders. His performance on the field matched his dedication and service to the community. Jeff is extremely deserving of this honor and I’m thrilled to add his name with the others who have represented the Horseshoe in extraordinary fashion.”
“I am very honored and excited,” said Saturday. “When you start playing this game, you never really envision this occurring in your career. I tell people all the time that my career was much better than I deserved. That’s really the way I feel about it. This is just another thing to add to it. I’ve been so blessed to be an Indianapolis Colt. To be there as long as I was and for as successful as it was, not only personally, but for the teams that I had the chance to play for, all the men that I got to suit up beside and run out on the field with, I can’t say enough good things. I’m just humbled by it and really excited about it.”
Saturday was part of a team that produced 115 regular season victories from 2000-09, the most wins by an NFL team in a single decade in league history. During his career in Indianapolis, the club made 11 playoff appearances, won eight division titles and appeared in two Super Bowls. Saturday and the Colts also won the franchise’s fourth World Championship with a victory over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.
In seven seasons, Saturday was part of an offensive line that ranked first in the NFL in fewest sacks allowed (1999-2000, 2004-2006 and 2009-2010). He started all 16 games at center in 10 seasons and helped the Colts offense record 5,000-plus net yards in 12 consecutive years from 1999-2010. In addition, Saturday and Peyton Manning started 170 games as a quarterback-center duo, which is the most in NFL history. The duo recorded a 120-50 record together.
In 2011, Saturday played an instrumental role in ending the NFL lockout as a leader among the players’ executive committee. Currently, he is serving as an NFL analyst for ESPN.
Saturday becomes the 12th member inducted to the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor and joins Robert Irsay (1996), Bill Brooks (1998), Ted Marchibroda (2000), Chris Hinton (2001), Jim Harbaugh (2005), 12th Man (2007), Tony Dungy (2010), Marvin Harrison (2011), Edgerrin James (2012), Eric Dickerson (2013) and Marshall Faulk (2013).
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