Jeff Saturday will now have his Sundays free. Reports have come out that the Pro Bowl will be his final game
Saturday end his career at the right time. Despite being voted to the Pro Bowl this season in recognition of his name and not his performance, it seems that letting the center have one more day is fitting. He will forever be known as the man who anchored the Colts offensive line, helping the Colts and Peyton Manning to a ridiculous run of ten win seasons and playoff appearances.
Jeff Saturday is one of those stories in football that people feel good about. After being an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina, he began his career with the Colts in 1999, eventually starting two games. And then he never stopped playing. He often played through injury and managed to miss only six games in his Colts career. He had the tough job of managing the line calls in the no-huddle offense led by Manning. It probably helped that he was an Academic All-American. He once won Gregg Easterbrook's Non-QB Non-RB NFL MVP award.
He signed with the Packers this last off-season and struggled with his play, eventually ending the season on the bench. That fact should not take anything away from the success he had over 14 years and five other Pro Bowl nods.
Saturday's reputation as being an all around good guy and excellent football player keeps plenty of doors open for his future.