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Jeff Saturday joins ESPN as analyst

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Late in June, former Colts and Packers center Jeff Saturday signed with IMG as part of an effort to move into television now that his playing days have come to an end.

He didn’t have to wait long for a gig. Saturday will be joining ESPN as an analyst on its plethora of studio shows and, according to the Indianapolis Star, a formal announcement of his role is expected on Wednesday.

“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, who oversees ESPN’s NFL studio shows, said. “It’s also no accident he played center for two NFL MVPs in Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers.”

While Saturday’s play certainly helped both quarterbacks, Curtis Painter can likely attest that there was more to it than just who was snapping the ball. We’ll be able to start hearing Saturday discuss what those things were later this month when he begins making appearances on the network.

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18 Responses to “Jeff Saturday joins ESPN as analyst”
  1. uncletuna says: Jul 10, 2013 7:43 AM

    That’s a change in their hiring pattern…

  2. fdugrad says: Jul 10, 2013 7:49 AM

    Intelligent, articulate, knowledgable, this is a good hire.

  3. roadtrip3500 says: Jul 10, 2013 8:05 AM

    Pretty soon, the ESPN football studio will have to be arranged like The Hollywood Squares to get everybody on screen at once…

  4. jimmysee says: Jul 10, 2013 8:11 AM

    So now does he have to move from Indianapolis to Connecticut or L.A.?

  5. leatherhead9 says: Jul 10, 2013 8:17 AM

    He was key in the last CBA negotiations and will bring a keen off the field behind the scenes of the NFLPA/NFL perspective and analysis as well

  6. packfntk says: Jul 10, 2013 8:25 AM

    Always liked Saturday. Seems like a pretty level headed dude.

  7. classyjacklambert says: Jul 10, 2013 8:27 AM

    He should be a good addition. Smart guy with a good football head and a pleasant personality.

  8. goindy2006 says: Jul 10, 2013 9:03 AM

    I like Jeff. One of the good guys!

  9. tooz72 says: Jul 10, 2013 9:04 AM

    i love how Jaws and Tim Hasselback and Trent Dilfer are ESPN’s QB experts.. they all sucked in the pros

  10. scoonie97 says: Jul 10, 2013 9:11 AM

    Will he still be voted in to play in the Pro Bowl?

  11. bigperm33 says: Jul 10, 2013 9:14 AM

    Wait, I thought ESPN was having budget issues. That is why they had to fire hundreds of employees? But somehow they have money to pay Saturday who will offer nothing that is any different from the dozens of other ex NFL players ESPN already employs.

  12. skleech22 says: Jul 10, 2013 9:35 AM

    Wow,not a Patriot????? Thank goodness for a little less Patriot fluffing!!!

  13. schmitty2 says: Jul 10, 2013 9:44 AM

    Remember the baseball scene in “Naked gun” where they introduced like 10 announcers that were going to call the game? That’s what ESPN is starting to look like on Gamedays.

  14. qdog112 says: Jul 10, 2013 10:01 AM

    He belongs in the NFL office beside Goodell. But I guess, ESPN would be the next best fit for mole.

  15. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jul 10, 2013 12:28 PM

    What do they mean by “it’s no accident he played center for two NFL MVPs”? Are they saying Manning and Rodgers wouldn’t have been MVP without Saturday snapping the ball to them? He only played one year with the Packers and Rodgers wasn’t MVP that year.

  16. steelerben says: Jul 10, 2013 1:01 PM

    Halfway through the season he will be pulled off the air in favor of another analyst, however he will still be given an Emmy for his work.

  17. jhein23 says: Jul 10, 2013 7:09 PM

    I really, really like Jeff Saturday but he was awful last year for the Packers. Horrible run blocking, horrible pass blocking maybe the worst starting center in the NFL last season.

  18. johanvil says: Jul 12, 2013 4:10 AM

    “I really, really like Jeff Saturday but he was awful last year for the Packers. Horrible run blocking, horrible pass blocking maybe the worst starting center in the NFL last season.”

    What’s that got to do with him being an analyst now?

    Not saying you are wrong, he was indeed bad last season but just wondering….

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