Jeff Saturday gets his wish. He will sign a one-day contract and retire from the NFL as a member of the Indianapolis Colts.
The five-time Pro Bowl center played 13 of his 14 seasons with the Colts, helping them to the Super Bowl championship win after the 2006 season and the AFC title in 2009. Saturday teamed with Peyton Manning to start 170 games, the NFL record for quarterback-center combination.
Saturday will officially retire at a noon news conference Thursday at the Colts practice facility in Indianapolis, the Colts announced Monday.
“The years I spent with the Colts were truly remarkable and I am honored to be able to retire as a member of one of the classiest organizations in the NFL,” Saturday said in a statement released Monday by the Colts. “I also want to thank Green Bay for the opportunity to compete as a member of the Packers last season. During my time in Indianapolis, I made tremendous relationships with numerous teammates, coaches and staff within the organization.
“It was also a pleasure playing for Mr. (Jim) Irsay who is a wonderful owner. He gave tremendous support for my wife and I in all of our community endeavors. There were so many successful seasons that I was part of, but nothing tops our Super Bowl championship during the 2006 season. I'll never forget the support of Colts fans and the city of Indianapolis during my time here. My wife and I love this community and have established our roots here. We're looking forward to the next chapter in Indianapolis.”
Saturday started 202-of-211 games in his NFL career with the Colts and Green Bay Packers. His 13 seasons in Indianapolis rank tied for the third most in franchise history, while his 197 games played is currently tied for fourth in team.
Saturday was also an instrumental figure in the NFL Players Association in reaching a collective bargaining agreement in 2011.