INDIANAPOLIS – When he said for the first time that he would retire, he was still wearing the green and gold.
When Jeff Saturday does that officially, he will be wearing the blue and the white.
On Tuesday the Colts announced that Saturday will retire as a member of the team at a news conference on Thursday. The move has been rumored for a week and will likely involve Saturday signing a one-day contract with the team as a number of NFL veterans have done in the past.
“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,” said Saturday in a release from the team.. “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. 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 enjoyed one of the longest careers with the Indianapolis era of the Colts playing 13 seasons, which is third all-time for the franchise. His 197 games rank fourth on the team and in those games he earned three AP All-Pro along with five Pro Bowl selections.
The center was among the many of those not retained following the 2011 Colts season and signed with the Green Bay Packers for the 2012 season. Before making his final Pro Bowl appearance, Saturday announced that he would retire following that game. As a gesture Saturday took a snap from Peyton Manning-his longtime quarterback in Indianapolis-in the Pro Bowl.