Jeff Saturday to Retire After Pro Bowl

By Kevin Van Pelt

Long-time center Jeff Saturday will be retiring after the Pro Bowl this weekend.

Saturday, who spent 13 years with the Indianapolis Colts and his final year with the Green Bay Packers, was an undrafted free agent who was not expected to have the career that he has had. Recently, Saturday had stated that he would take some time to decide what his future will hold, but that all changed when he announced today on the radio show “Grady and the Big Show” that he would retire.

“We’ll finish it with sunsets in Hawaii and call it a much better career than I would have anticipated,” Saturday said.

His last year in the league with the Packers is not a memorable one, as the Packers had one of the worst offensive lines in the league and Saturday was replaced towards the end of the season by backup Evan Dietrich-Smith. Though he struggled this season, he was still selected to the Pro Bowl, which is the sixth of his career.

Although he struggled this season, Saturday will always be remembered as a great center who helped orchestrate the high-flying offense in Indianapolis and Peyton Manning.  He started 182 games with the Colts and all but the final 16 were with Manning under center. After the Colts were making wholesale change, Saturday was let go and was free to pursue other options.

His career lasted way more than anyone could have ever expected. Coming out of North Carolina, Saturday was looked over by every single team and was undrafted. The Baltimore Ravens gave Saturday a tryout in 1998 but he was later cut before the season started. The Colts signed Saturday in 1999 and they never looked back winning one Super Bowl title while Saturday was under center.

So while Saturday may not have deserved to be in the Pro Bowl this season, it will be nice to see him under center one last time to celebrate the great career that he had.


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