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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