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Jeff Saturday to retire as Colt, have presence with team

Reggie Wayne,  Jeff Saturday AP

When the Packers released Jeff Saturday in February, it freed the center to sign a ceremonial contract with the Colts before he officially retires.

That’s just what he’s going to do. Colts owner Jim Irsay announced via Twitter Friday that Saturday will don his Colts jersey one more time at a press conference officially announcing his retirement from the NFL. There’s no date set for the event, which Irsay said will happen “soon.”

The return to the team he spent the first 13 seasons of his NFL career with won’t just last one day, however. Irsay also announced that Saturday will have a presence with the team after his retirement. What that role might be has been left unsaid, but his long, successful career with the team guarantees he’ll be greeted warmly by fans in whatever capacity winds up being his calling.

We wouldn’t be surprised if there are more national engagements in Saturday’s future as well. During the lockout, he proved to be an affable and thoughtful voice and we could always use more of those talking football on the airwaves.

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15 Responses to “Jeff Saturday to retire as Colt, have presence with team”
  1. p31squared says: Mar 1, 2013 3:43 PM

    He’s a great ambassador for the game and for the community. Welcome back home, Jeff.

  2. billsfaninmiami says: Mar 1, 2013 3:51 PM

    Next we’re gonna find out that Polian secretly tried to trade him in 2005….

  3. malibudave66 says: Mar 1, 2013 3:52 PM

    Congrats on a great career Jeff,thanks for being a role model for my boys who play O line and for putting Peyton in his place and saying can we just run the bleeping ball!!! Great Football moment between a Center and his Quarterback!!! Like Peyton said better than Desperate Housewives!!! God Bless you and your family and I know we will see you on Sundays calling games somewhere just like Shawn Ohara another Manning Center!

  4. acmepacker says: Mar 1, 2013 4:07 PM

    You had a great career Jeff, the best to a fine person and a tribute to the sport. Hope to see you in an announcer’s booth, you’d be good. Thanks for wearing the green and gold for a year. You’re retiring as a Colt, and that’s the way it should be.

  5. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 1, 2013 4:11 PM

    Much respect Mr. Saturday. Sorry you had to go slummin with the Packers for a bit, but that won’t taint a great career.

  6. jamesjamzies says: Mar 1, 2013 4:16 PM

    Much respect to Jeff Saturday. As a pats fan it was an honor to play against one of the best. A true professional.

  7. muskyhunter2542 says: Mar 1, 2013 4:40 PM

    Slummin??? What does that mean?

  8. johnnyb216 says: Mar 1, 2013 4:41 PM

    Packer for life!

  9. croghan1919 says: Mar 1, 2013 5:09 PM

    Still amazing to remember this guy was undrafted.
    What a great example of what can be done for all the undrafted free agents to come.

  10. nytitancl says: Mar 1, 2013 7:10 PM

    His name already lends itself to a catchy NFL program name: “Saturday on Sunday”

  11. macdbeliever says: Mar 1, 2013 8:00 PM

    Mark it down, Jeff will be in the booth for MNF in the next 5 years. Dude is a great representation of the game and a voice the fans respect (Perhaps his booth partner will be his former QB?)

  12. cobaltdriver says: Mar 1, 2013 9:51 PM

    Much respect Mr. Saturday. Sorry you had to go slummin with the Packers for a bit, but that won’t taint a great career.

    Unlike Favre’s ,whose ruined his legacy by wearing purple..poor guy

  13. houndog50 says: Mar 2, 2013 2:34 AM

    macdbeliever says: Mar 1, 2013 8:00 PM

    Mark it down, Jeff will be in the booth for MNF in the next 5 years. Dude is a great representation of the game and a voice the fans respect (Perhaps his booth partner will be his former QB?)
    **********************************************
    MNF? He had better hurry, the way MNF’s ratings are swirling towards the drain there won’t be any MNF in 5 years! Advertisers don’t pay to play to no audience!

  14. jjljr says: Mar 2, 2013 2:27 PM

    “MNF? He had better hurry, the way MNF’s ratings are swirling towards the drain there won’t be any MNF in 5 years! ”

    ——————————————————–

    Actually, the odds of no games being on Monday night are almost-zero; it’s far more likely that TWO games will be televised.

    Betting on a reduction in televised NFL games is almost-like betting on the sun failing to rise. And everyone reading this website is part of the reason why.

    Now … you want to talk about reduction in ticket sales? That actually could happen … but probably not.

  15. lolcolts says: Mar 3, 2013 12:48 PM

    Highly overrated player his whole career

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