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Jeff Saturday calling it quits after Pro Bowl

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On Thursday, the word from Hawaii was that Packers center Jeff Saturday would take some time to consider whether to keep playing after this weekend’s Pro Bowl.

Saturday has sped up the process. Saturday appeared on 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis on Friday and said that he would be retiring after Sunday’s game.

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

Saturday will be closing out a 14-year career with his sixth Pro Bowl nod, although he did end the season on the bench after the Packers opted to go with Evan Dietrich-Smith in the middle of the line in the final weeks of the regular season and playoffs. Saturday started 182 games for the Colts after signing with them in 1999, all but the final 16 of them with Peyton Manning at quarterback during a very fruitful run for the Colts that included a Super Bowl championship.

Saturday also served on the Executive Committee for the players during the 2011 lockout. His emotional hug with Patriots owner Robert Kraft when the matter was finally settled made for a good way to end the contentiousness and get back to football.

Not bad for a guy who got cut by the Ravens in 1998 as an undrafted player.

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57 Responses to “Jeff Saturday calling it quits after Pro Bowl”
  1. blacknole08 says: Jan 25, 2013 12:24 PM

    One of the classiest big lineman in the league.

    HOF worthy? Not so sure, but he had a great career and I wish the big man success with the rest of his life.

  2. coltzfan166 says: Jan 25, 2013 12:31 PM

    Shouldn’t this be a “top” story?

  3. snarcasms says: Jan 25, 2013 12:31 PM

    If the game is out of reach for the final play, they should let him come over the AFC team and let him and Manning have one final snap together.

  4. pillowporkers says: Jan 25, 2013 12:31 PM

    I still think John Sullivan should have been the one at the Pro Bowl this year, but this guy has had a great career. I wish the best of luck to him in his new endeavors after football.

  5. jagsfan1 says: Jan 25, 2013 12:38 PM

    After this years’s Pro Bowl or Last Year’s?

  6. dioalice says: Jan 25, 2013 12:39 PM

    Saturday is a great guy, period. I’ve spotted him at Target taking pictures with kids or signing autographs on more than one occasion.

    Always smiling. Wish him nothing but the best moving onto the next phase of his life.

  7. wludford says: Jan 25, 2013 12:45 PM

    Kind of an odd way to go out- getting named to the Pro Bowl after you got benched.

  8. wte1 says: Jan 25, 2013 12:46 PM

    Congratulations from PatriotNation on a great career. One of the classiest players ever.

    Enjoy your retirement!

  9. timegambit says: Jan 25, 2013 12:49 PM

    He couldn’t wait one more day and make it truly memorable?

  10. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Jan 25, 2013 12:49 PM

    Saturday calling it quits on Sunday !

  11. jaysfan64 says: Jan 25, 2013 12:51 PM

    Classy guy…Next stop – Canton…
    BTW – nice wordplay…

  12. hor2012 says: Jan 25, 2013 12:51 PM

    One of the most underrated centers in the league. He was a true professional. I still remember seeing the sound bite of him and Payton going at it the year the won it all. Thanks Jeff you’ve been great

  13. furedmccombs says: Jan 25, 2013 12:53 PM

    He technically should quit before the Pro-Bowl. Very good career, but he doesn’t deserve to be there this year.

  14. gochargersgo says: Jan 25, 2013 12:53 PM

    How in the world did he make the pro bowl when he wasnt even good enough to finish out the season as a starter???

    Hes a great guy and had a good career, but come on. The process is a joke.

  15. jwreck says: Jan 25, 2013 12:53 PM

    pillowporkers says: Jan 25, 2013 12:31 PM

    I still think John Sullivan should have been the one at the Pro Bowl this year, but this guy has had a great career. I wish the best of luck to him in his new endeavors after football.
    ________
    Saturday is a great guy and possibly a Canton-quality center, but the Pro-Bowl is beyond a joke at this point. I’m expecting the headline “After drop-off in participation, Lennay Kekua gets Pro-Bowl nod” any minute now. Seriously though:

    Max Unger (SEA): 2 sacks allowed
    John Sullivan (MIN): 0 sacks allowed
    Will Montgomery (WAS): 0 sacks allowed
    Jeff Saturday (GB/Famous): led the league in sacks allowed

    For the record, that’s a knock on the Pro-Bowl, not on Jeff Saturday. He’s a class act, and like everyone above, I wish him nothing but the best in life after football. Hes got charisma though, and I bet we’ll be seeing him in the broadcasting booth, or at least ESPN/NFL Network sooner rather than later.

  16. rg3soxsuck says: Jan 25, 2013 12:54 PM

    Thought he quit few weeks ago, you know when he lost his job. Good job voting this guy in fans.

  17. zn0rseman says: Jan 25, 2013 12:57 PM

    He should have given that spot to John Sullivan.

    Sullivan earned a pro bowl spot and Saturday got there only by name-recognition.

  18. md228010 says: Jan 25, 2013 12:57 PM

    Jeff’s the man.. Jeff Saturday jerseys were right on par with Manning, Wayne, Clark, Harrison and Addai every weekend in Indy over the last decade.

  19. mrgroovesd says: Jan 25, 2013 1:04 PM

    Class act.

  20. Ponder This says: Jan 25, 2013 1:05 PM

    Saturday appeared on 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis on Friday and said that he would be retiring after Sunday’s game.
    ____

    Are you sure that Friday didn’t say on the radio Sunday that he would retire Saturday?

  21. hehateme2 says: Jan 25, 2013 1:11 PM

    Mike Pouncy should have that spot.

  22. cantarguefacts says: Jan 25, 2013 1:13 PM

    Irsay told him that he would have a front office position waiting for him when he finally called it quits. It will be interesting to see if Saturday comes back to Indy.

  23. schmitty2 says: Jan 25, 2013 1:17 PM

    On Friday Saturday confirmed he is retiring on Sunday. Gotcha

  24. gochargersgo says: Jan 25, 2013 1:23 PM

    Fact: Jeff Saturday graded as ProFootballFocus’ 28th best center in the league this year.

  25. j0esixpack says: Jan 25, 2013 1:23 PM

    zn0rseman says: Sullivan earned a pro bowl spot and Saturday got there only by name-recognition.

    =============

    You can say that about a lot of the Pro-Bowlers

    In Saturday’s case, I’d say he deserves to be in the Pro Bowl simply based upon his role negotiating a new CBA and averting the loss of a full NFL season.

    He’s also had a Pro-Bowl caliber career.

    It’s very fitting for him to go out after one last Pro Bowl.

    As a Patriots fan, I have no great love for any long-term Indy player, but as an NFL fan first, I tip my hat to the big guy for a career well played.

    Bravo Mr. Saturday – take a bow!

  26. tdk24 says: Jan 25, 2013 1:24 PM

    And people will still vote him into the Pro-Bowl next year.

  27. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 25, 2013 1:26 PM

    I’m sure going from HOF Peyton Manning to A-Rodg had much to do with this decision. Kinda like having to drive a Civic after owning a BMW for years.

  28. howiehandles says: Jan 25, 2013 1:31 PM

    Can’t blame him for taking the trip to Hawaii, nice way to go out, but not as nice as going out with a SB win.

    I would have expected him to opt out with an “injury”, and let one of the deserving guys to go.

  29. tonyugoh says: Jan 25, 2013 1:41 PM

    Jim Irsay is probably scheduling the date when he’ll be inducted to the Ring of Honor already. I think it’s pretty safe to say that there won’t be many athletes looked at as fondly as Jeff was in Indy. Here’s to a Hall of Fame career and I’ll be buying a large drink at Penn Station for ya Jeff!

  30. eviltwin007 says: Jan 25, 2013 1:49 PM

    Jeff and his family still live in Indy and already has a front office job waiting for him with the Colts.

  31. mf7krime says: Jan 25, 2013 1:50 PM

    He deserves at least consideration for the HOF if only for the fact that he helped save the 2011 NFL season. How quickly we forget.

  32. jwreck says: Jan 25, 2013 1:55 PM

    j0esixpack says: Jan 25, 2013 1:23 PM

    You can say that about a lot of the Pro-Bowlers

    In Saturday’s case, I’d say he deserves to be in the Pro Bowl simply based upon his role negotiating a new CBA and averting the loss of a full NFL season.
    ________
    So players can make pro-bowls based on off-the-field accomplishments now? Not to say Saturday’s accomplishment wasn’t important or admirable, but it didn’t happen on the field, and it was two years ago. Knute Rockne invented the forward pass 80 years ago: that changed football more than the CBA ever could. Should he be a pro-bowler and NCAA All-American every year?

  33. mungman69 says: Jan 25, 2013 2:34 PM

    I learned on Friday that Sunday will be Saturday’s final game, he retires Monday.

  34. ickky says: Jan 25, 2013 2:49 PM

    will he sit on the Bench at the probowl as well?

  35. crush22 says: Jan 25, 2013 2:53 PM

    md228010 says:
    Jan 25, 2013 12:57 PM
    Jeff’s the man.. Jeff Saturday jerseys were right on par with Manning, Wayne, Clark, Harrison and Addai every weekend in Indy over the last decade.

    _______________________________

    Replace the name Addai with James and I would agree with you.

  36. slvrnblk72 says: Jan 25, 2013 3:14 PM

    his beard deserves the HOF more than he does

  37. schmitty2 says: Jan 25, 2013 3:30 PM

    hehateme2 says:Jan 25, 2013 1:11 PM

    Mike Pouncy should have that spot.

    Care to tell us exactly how an AFC center should have got the nod over an NFC center O’ wise one?

  38. cfballfan1 says: Jan 25, 2013 3:41 PM

    Nice way to cap off a great career and an inspirational one at that.

    Anyone who comes in undrafted and not only wins a starting job but starts as many games as he did and plays at that high a level is a champion in my book – SB ring or not.

  39. sportsnut101 says: Jan 25, 2013 3:42 PM

    Guess u need that last paycheck for doing nothing. Can’t blame u

    How did u get to the pro bowl anyway green bay had the worse line in league

  40. shlort says: Jan 25, 2013 3:59 PM

    The way I understand the whole “Benching” situation, is that Jeff went to the coaches and told them he wasnt able to perform well enough to justify starting. He communicated that he was having some issues with several physical health situations and wasnt capable of playing up to his own standard and the Coaches should look at getting EDS in there.

    The media makes it out like Jeff wasnt up to snuff and had to ride the pine. Reality is that Jeff is a very unselfish team mate and knew he was going to become a liability had he stayed in. That type of team play is the reason he got put on the PB roster by his coaches, peers and fans.

    I wish Jeff all the best in retirement. I hope his career hasnt left him with some of the ailments we have seen other linemen suffer as they age.

  41. elliottcovert says: Jan 25, 2013 4:19 PM

    As a Vikings fan, I was upset that Saturday beat out John Sullivan, who I honestly believe had an objectively much better season. That said, Saturday has had a borderline HoF career, and I hope he goes into broadcasting.

  42. dxtheking says: Jan 25, 2013 4:34 PM

    Why are their so many comments about the pro bowl? Do you really care who is “voted” in to play center in this years pro bowl? If you answered yes then you should have voted more for your choice at center. I bet every player on the pro bowl team and the centers that didn’t get voted in are happy that Jeff will be there. He is a class act and loved by all in the NFL. For how hard he worked to end the lockout you should all be thanking him, not bitching that you don’t believe that he should be in the pro bowl this season. He poured his soul into the game he loved and everyone knew it. Get a life and wish him well in whatever he decides to do.

  43. stellarperformance says: Jan 25, 2013 4:39 PM

    I didn’t know much about this guy prior to his arrival in Green Bay, and I still don’t. He was an inadequate replacement for Scott Wells and was replaced by an undrafted player 2/3rds through the season.

    It sounds as though he is a stand-up guy and a potential HOF inductee. OK. Congratulations and good luck….I guess.

  44. vikesandravens78 says: Jan 25, 2013 4:42 PM

    Happy retirement Jeff! Even though you were in Packer green last year, still enjoyed watching you play. One of the best centers in the business.

  45. conormacleod says: Jan 25, 2013 4:58 PM

    Packer fans are a joke. Trying to justify how their benches center deserves his pro bowl invitation over the Vikings center that blocked for the NFL RB that almost broke the record. Seriously? Try to have some self respect for once.

  46. bigbadal21 says: Jan 25, 2013 5:12 PM

    hor2012 says:Jan 25, 2013 12:51 PM

    One of the most underrated centers in the league. He was a true professional. I still remember seeing the sound bite of him and Payton going at it the year the won it all. Thanks Jeff you’ve been great

    How can a person voted to the pro bowl while riding the bench be considered underrated?

  47. TD Hawk says: Jan 25, 2013 5:50 PM

    A true professional. Ask any former player and they’ll tell you that’s respect, a nod to how you played and carried yourself.

  48. hedleykow says: Jan 25, 2013 5:59 PM

    I bet he won’t miss cramped airplanes.

  49. bordner says: Jan 25, 2013 6:15 PM

    viking “fans” are a joke. Getting their undies in a wad because one of their players didn’t win a popularity contest. Seriously? Try to have some self respect for once.

  50. bobgb2000 says: Jan 25, 2013 6:26 PM

    Being vice president of Duck Pop Warner youth football in Green Bay, we had the pleasure of having his son on our teams. And was lucky to meet Mr. Jeff Saturday, total class act and supporter of his son. Sorry to see him go, but THANK YOU………..

  51. youngs79 says: Jan 25, 2013 6:34 PM

    Nice guy and a great career… However, he wasn’t even good enough to start for his own team! This selection was a joke and John Sullivan should have got the nod.

  52. dxtheking says: Jan 25, 2013 7:27 PM

    What is a joke as most of you put it is the whining. Seriously stop the bitching and complaining. It wasn’t a selection, it was a vote by the fans. Obviously the fans want to honor a true professional in his last season of a great career. I don’t see any of you commenting on how Charles Johnson and Chris Clemons should be in over Jared Allen.

  53. dabears2485 says: Jan 25, 2013 7:43 PM

    Saturday should step down from the Pro Bowl. I get that he got voted in, it’s his last go, etc. But that dude didn’t deserve to be voted in no matter what anyone says. He essentially benched himself late in the season, but still goes to the Pro Bowl? The classy move would’ve been to step down and let the next guy in.

  54. j0esixpack says: Jan 25, 2013 8:46 PM

    jwreck – in case you didn’t notice, the Pro Bowl has become a complete joke.

    It’s long been a popularity contest – and Saturday’s popularity is based on a long productive career and the fact that he helped achieve a new CBA and avert a lost season

    Every Pro Bowl roster for the last 30 years has had people on it who are there because of name recognition and past accomplishments. Why suddenly act aghast when it’s one of the good guys like Jeff Saturday?

  55. moondog1981 says: Jan 25, 2013 9:13 PM

    First Saturday is the backup. He isn’t the starter. He wasn’t voted in by the fans.

    Second he was benched by his own team for how horrible he was playing.

    Third, John Sullivan was one of the main reasons Adrian Peterson ran for 2097 yards.

    Fourth, who gives a crap what he has done in his past or whether he is a good guy. This is one of the reasons why this game is a joke.

  56. 4ever19 says: Jan 26, 2013 9:47 AM

    Thanks Jeff for a great career as a Colt from a 48-year fan. Need to do the one-day contract/retire as a Colt thing. Should have had more than one SB ring, but that isn’t on you at all, Big Man.

  57. axespray says: Jan 26, 2013 6:38 PM

    conormacleod says:
    Jan 25, 2013 4:58 PM
    “Packer fans are a joke. Trying to justify how their benches center deserves his pro bowl invitation over the Vikings center that blocked for the NFL RB that almost broke the record. Seriously? Try to have some self respect for once.”
    —————————————
    I’ve read comments …. haven’t found one Packer fan talking up how “Legendary” and “Great” Jeff Saturday was in 2012 … in fact, I doubt any Packer fan cares all that much about the Pro Bowl this year … they’re too busy paying attention to this year’s draft.

    Viking fans are whining about a friggin’ center not making the pro bowl … smh.
    Yeah, it’s real hard to run block for Adrian (Do I really need an oline?) Peterson ….

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