Jeff Saturday said Thursday the most meaningful statistic he was a part of with the Colts was the 170 starts he and Peyton Manning had as a QB-C tandem.
Not only did they set the NFL record for the most starts by a tandem, the Colts were 120-50 for a .706 winning percentage in those games. The Colts made two Super Bowls, too. Not bad.
Here are some of the other tandems they passed along the way:
(Games/Duo/W-L Record/Pct./# of Super Bowls)
160, Fran Tarkenton/Mick Tingelhoff, Minnesota, 85-65-6, .550, 3 SBs
157, Jim Kelly/Kent Hull, Buffalo, 99-58, .631, 4 SBs
123, Brett Favre/Frank Winters, Green Bay, 82-41, .667, 2 SBs
120, Steve Bartkowski/Jeff Van Note, Atlanta, 55-65, .458, 0 SBs
106, Phil Simms/Bart Oates, N.Y. Giants, 70-36, .660, 1 SB
105, Dan Fouts/Don Macek, San Diego, 63-42, .600, 0 SBs
While Manning directed a high-flying offense that specialized in audibles that took the snap clock perilously near zero, Saturday was making line calls, too.
Fans in the RCA Dome and Lucas Oil Stadium knew to remain silent while the offense was a work. At times, their anxiety bubbled up as the final seconds expired on the clock.
Opposing crowds ramped up the noise to try and disrupt the well-oiled machine. No dice.
It was a sight to behold – for a decade.
Manning often said the statistic that mattered the most to him was being able to start the first 208 games of his career, an NFL record for any position. It meant a great deal to him because he was being paid to perform, plus his teammates counted on him. The fans did, too.
Durability means a great deal to any professional athlete, and it was refreshing to hear Saturday speak the same language yesterday.
Saturday mentioned the AFC Championship game win over New England trumped everything for him, including winning Super Bowl XLI.
While he has a ring for that win, plus a conference championship ring for the 2009 season, along with numerous Pro Bowl citations, Saturday says moments along the way meant much more than anything done on the field.
“All the rewards you get, the Pro Bowls, All-Pros, the Super Bowls, are fantastic,” said Saturday. “You love to be able to share that with the fans. The relationships far exceed any of that.
“The time you spend in the locker room, all the stories you have, the different experiences on plane flights and bus trips, at training camps, all those moments solidify relationships with men who now are some of my closest friends. The relationships definitely out-weigh the wins and losses on the field. Those moments are unbelievable.”
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