Jeff Saturday Signs Contract To Retire With Colts

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5, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)The Associated Press Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin (22) puts a shot past Edmonton Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) as Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler (17), Edmonton Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry (2) and Edmonton Oilers defenseman Ladislav Smid (5) look on during the second period of NHL hockey action in Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)The Associated Press Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler (17) keeps his eye on the puck as Edmonton Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry (2) hits it with his glove during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)The Associated Press Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin (33) tries to get a shot past Edmonton Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) and defenseman Ladislav Smid (5) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)The Associated Press Vancouver Canucks center Brad Richardson (15) celebrates his goal as Edmonton Oilers right wing Ales Hemsky (83) skates past during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013.

“The relationship between a center and a quarterback is special. We loved each other but we could fight each other as well. We could bump heads and there was always a mutual respect,” Saturday said. “It never got any further than that. It was always on the field. Off the field, we were friends.

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It was Bill Polian’s decision. He ran show. Tom James (@TribStarTJames) March 7, 2013 Caldwell went along. Didn’t mean that he agreed. But it was Polian’s decision. And if JIrsay wanted team to go for it, they would have.

Jeff Saturday retires as a Colt

His shared hug with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who had lost his wife to cancer during the process, symbolized the resolution of the acrimony. “The things he did to help the NFL when they were negotiating with the (players’ union) will never be forgotten,” McAfee said. Saturday and his wife, Karen, have been active in philanthropy as well. He bought a home in Green Bay and his family followed him to Titletown, but the Saturdays will settle in Indianapolis when dad’s career winds down. Colts owner Jim Irsay has offered Saturday a position with the team whenever he retires. In March, he signed a two-year, $7.8 million contract.

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63 jerseys, Irsay, his head coaches and position coaches, ex-teammates and even the equipment managers and trainers, some of whom watched from the back of the room. His improbable journey actually started in Baltimore in 1998. The Ravens signed him as an undrafted rookie but cut him before training camp opened. One year later, the Colts took a low-risk gamble on someone who had spent the previous year selling electrical supplies in North Carolina and he wound up making the roster. By 2000, he had won the starting center’s job, which he kept until leaving for Green Bay as a free agent last year. With Indy, Saturday won two AFC titles, one Super Bowl ring, became a pillar in the community and made 170 starts with Manning behind him, an NFL record for a quarterback-center tandem.

(AP Photo/Eugene Tanner) Derrick Johnson Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Derrick Johnson (56) of the AFC returns an interception for a touchdown against the NFC during the second quarter of the NFL football Pro Bowl game in Honolulu, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia) Victor Cruz, Champ Bailey, Johnathan Joseph New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) of the NFC breaks away from Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis (98) and Houston Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph (24) of the AFC to score a touchdown in the second quarter of the NFL football Pro Bowl game in Honolulu, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner) Derrick Johnson Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Derrick Johnson (56) of the AFC runs the ball in for a touchdown after an interception during the second quarter of the NFL Pro Bowl football game in Honolulu, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia) Earl Thomas Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas (29) of the NFC runs after receiving a lateral during the second quarter of the NFL football Pro Bowl game against the AFC in Honolulu, Sunday, Jan.

Jeff Saturday retires a Colt

Jeff Saturday, right, accepts a jersey from Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay

Kraft had three days earlier attended the funeral of his beloved wife, Myra, who had died of cancer the previous week, and Saturday’s act of humanity struck just the right conciliatory tone between the rival sides that were now once again business partners. “So many people gave so much of their time and energy, players and owners alike,” Saturday said. “It was important to all of us. But the thing that separated Mr. Kraft for me in that moment was what he was going through with the loss of Myra. And that she had encouraged him to go to these meetings, that was the most impressive part to me. “Here’s this lady who knows where she is, and she’s fighting a good fight. But the reality is, she was fighting an uphill battle. Despite check this out that, she would still encourage him to come work this deal, because she knew it was for the betterment of our game and our country.

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Saturday and Irsay smiled and even joked about the formality of the one-day deal. “I’m going to sign this contract and let Jeff come up and sign his portion so we can make it official that Jeff is a Colt today, and this is not costing me anything,” Irsay said, drawing laughter. “And that’s rare, but Jeff did ask for a new pickup truck so I told him I would consider that. ” When Saturday stepped to the podium, he responded in kind. “Like he said, it cost him a lot more the last time than it did this time,” Saturday said. The only time Saturday choked up was when he thanked his wife, Karen, for allowing him to pursue a football career.

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Among them: Merlin Olson, Dan Dierdorff and to a certain extent, Tony Siragusa. I wish Jeff the best. qdog112 says: Jun 27, 2013 9:36 AM I thought he would go work for the people he worked for during the lockout the owners. Big time sell out!!! clearly he was a mole for ownership. thefox61 says: Jun 27, 2013 10:28 AM Live, from New York, its Saturday Night! Jun 27, 2013 10:39 AM dioalice says:Jun 27, 2013 9:27 AM Jeffs a great guy and well spoken. Hell be solid for some network on Sundays. There have been many lineman over the years who have seamlessly gone from the field to the booth. Among them: Merlin Olson, Dan Dierdorff and to a certain extent, Tony Siragusa.

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