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January 25, 2013

Former Colts center Saturday to retire after Pro Bowl

ANDERSON, Ind. — After 14 seasons in the trenches of the NFL, Jeff Saturday is calling it a career.

The former Indianapolis Colts center announced Friday during an appearance on WFNI 1070 AM that he will retire following Sunday’s Pro Bowl in Honolulu.

Saturday originally signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 1998, but he was cut by the team before training camp and took a job at an electrical supply store in Raleigh, N.C.

The Colts signed the undersized center in January 1999, and he went on to start 188 games and make five Pro Bowl appearances in 13 seasons with the franchise. Saturday also appeared in 19 playoff games with the Colts, including two Super Bowls.

He signed with the Green Bay Packers after contemplating retirement before this season and was voted to his sixth Pro Bowl by fans, coaches and players despite being benched before the end of the regular season.

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

The 6-foot-2, 292-pound offensive lineman made nearly as big an impact off the field as he did on it.

He was known for his work with the NFL players’ union and his philanthropy in Indianapolis and surrounding areas.

His embrace of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft at the end of the 2011 NFL lockout remains an indelible image from that work stoppage, and Saturday was lauded throughout the league for his efforts to reach a deal and save the 2011 season.

Closer to home, he and his wife, Karen, supported the Anderson Fire Department’s Fire Rescue House project and attended a contract signing for the project in 2009.

WRTV-6 sports director Dave Furst reported Saturday would like to sign a one-day contract with the Colts and officially retire with the team.

In a sign of the center’s continuing popularity among fans, a movement to convince owner Jim Irsay to make that contract happen popped up on Twitter within minutes of Furst’s announcement.

 

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