The new Collective Bargaining Agreement makes training camp easier on the players, with a ban on the full-contact two-a-day practices that were once a staple of August in the NFL. If veteran players want to thank one of their colleagues for that, they can thank Colts center Jeff Saturday.
That’s according to Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who said that on the players’ side in the negotiations to end the lockout, no one did more than Saturday.
“NFL players and owners are lucky that there was a guy like Jeff Saturday in the league,” Kraft said. “He represented the interests of the players – the reason was don’t have double practices – which some of us might agree or disagree with – but he put so much time and effort.”
Jets linebacker Bart Scott doesn’t like it, but the majority of players are glad to have a lighter offseason workload, and Saturday is the player who took the lead in advocating for that.
Kraft also discussed his warm personal feelings for Saturday, who made a point of mentioning Kraft’s late wife Myra on the day the players and owners reached an agreement.
“It’s hard to like the center for Peyton Manning,” Kraft said. “But he is really intelligent and good. It was hard to like him, but I like him a lot.”