The NFL lost one of their more intelligent players when former Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers center Jeff Saturday decided to retire at the conclusion of the 2012 season. However, ESPN is thrilled to know that Saturday’s intelligence will not go to waste. Saturday will join the media outlet as an NFL analyst, something that he should excel at doing.
“Offensive linemen make some of the best analysts because they understand the nuances of the game and they typically have fun personalities — Jeff definitely fits this mold,” senior coordinating producer Seth Markman said in a statement, according to IndyStar.com. “It’s also no accident he played center for two NFL MVPs in Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers.”
Saturday is regarded as one of the greatest centers to play the game over the last decade. Not to take anything away from Manning, who is a phenomenal quarterback, but Saturday definitely had some part in the signal caller’s success over the years. Even Manning would be the first to admit that he would not be the same player if it were not for Saturday’s assistance under center.
In 13 seasons with the Colts, Saturday started 188 of the 197 games he appeared in. The fact that he only missed 11 regular season games of the 208 total possible over the 13-year span is incredible. For him to stay healthy for as long as he did is quite the feat considering he was constantly battling in the trenches against some competitive foes in the AFC.
Saturday was elected to six Pro Bowls, two first-team All-Pro, two second-team All-Pro and helped Indianapolis win Super Bowl XLI. He also was named the NFL Alumni Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2007.