Jeff Saturday has traveled a unique road to Pro-Bowl/All-Pro success in the NFL for over 13 years. His combination of leadership and teamwork built a winning framework for the Indianapolis Colts; he will look to continue those winning ways with the Packers as their new starting Center.
Jeff’s blue collar ways were developed early on at Shamrock High School. As a result of success in high school, he earned a scholarship to play at the University of North Carolina. Despite starting 37 games, being named team captain his senior year and multiple conference awards, Saturday went undrafted in 1998. Saturday was picked up as a free agent by the Ravens but was cut before the end of training camp. He would not receive his next opportunity until the Indianapolis Colts gave him a chance in January of 1999.
Given a chance to prove he belonged, Saturday became a fan favorite and one of Peyton Manning’s closest friends while playing for the Colts. The two played together until 2012 when Saturday was a free agent and Manning was cut due to injury concerns. Many expected Saturday to sign with whichever team landed Manning, but the veteran knew the Packers were a better fit for him. Saturday told ESPN, “I always felt like in Green Bay I was their very first choice…I’m really happy.”
For many football fans, Jeff Saturday exemplifies the workmanlike attitude an offensive lineman should have. His leadership and experience handling one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history have teammates and fans alike excited for the 2012 campaign. Saturday echoed their sentiments, saying, “My body feels great and I’m really excited about joining (the Packers)…I think I’m going to have a ton of fun with those guys.”