The Indianapolis Colts started the “Ring of Honor” in 1996 to honor past Colts stars. It’s their version of retiring a jersey and hanging them in the rafters. So far, there’s nine lucky people that are honorees of the special award as one has been inducted the last three years straight.
Colts owner Jim Irsay said that he would honor former defensive end/linebacker Dwight Freeney once he retires due to his impact he’s had on this team. Freeney, would likely become the first defensive player put in the Ring of Honor as the other nine are all offensive players, coaches and the fans.
No one has murmured a word yet, but I think Jeff Saturday will keep the streak going and be the fourth guy in as many years honored into the Ring of Honor.
Last year former running back Edgerrin James was honored against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3. The year prior former wide receiver Marvin Harrison was put in while their head coach Tony Dungy was inducted on Monday Night Football in 2010 against the Houston Texans.
Saturday, said this past season in his media availability before he came back to Indianapolis with the Green Bay Packers to take on the Colts that Irsay has offered him a job within the organization once he finally decides to end his career.
After 15 years in the NFL, Saturday has decided to call it quits and will retire once the league year ends in a few weeks. He confirmed that once that happens he will be released by the Packers and the Colts would sign him for a one-day contract only to retire a Colt.
Once retired, he becomes eligible for the Ring of Honor and what better game to put him in there than the home game against the Denver Broncos. The fans were nearly brought to tears in the tribute video to Saturday on the October 7th game in Lucas Oil Stadium imagine bringing him here to honor him with his old buddy Peyton Manning coming to town.
Manning and Saturday had a rare moment in the Pro Bowl earlier this month when Manning had Saturday who was playing for the NFC come out on the first play of the third possession for the AFC and hike the ball to Manning one last time.
Why not while Manning is here as I presume most of the former Colts that are no longer in the league that played with the duo will be here for that game anyways put Saturday in that rightful place of the Ring of Honor? That game will likely be picked up the NBC’s Sunday Night Football telecast so Tony Dungy would likely be able to come as well.
That ticket is already going to be the most sought out ticket in Colts history and will likely be the most watched game in the history of the NFL regular season, this will only add more value to add Saturday being honored as well.
It’s a perfect storm and I hope this gets to the Colts PR and makes this happen.