Packersí Jeff Saturday to retire after Pro Bowl

1/27/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsAfter 14 seasons predominantly full of Hall of Fame worthy performances under center, it seems fitting that Jeff Saturday should take his last career snap at the Pro Bowl. Earlier this week, Jeff Saturday was still contemplating retirement. But the Green Bay Packers center Jeff Saturday sped up the process on Saturday announcing the end of his NFL days after Sunday’s Pro Bowl.
 “We’ll finish it with sunsets in Hawaii and call it a much better career than I would have anticipated,” said Jeff Saturday.
Jeff Saturday has been in Honolulu all week, preparing for his sixth career Pro Bowl appearance on Sunday. However, the 38-year-old Jeff Saturday will be surrounded by familiar faces from his glorious past as well as present at the Pro Bowl, while hiking the ball to All-Pros Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers.
The former undrafted free agent Jeff Saturday exceeded expectations landing his first stable NFL job with the Indianapolis Colts after a whole season of finding no work in the league since being cut ahead of training Camp by the Baltimore Ravens in 1998. After making only 11 appearances, while starting twice at left guard during his rookie season, the Indianapolis Colts moved Larry Moore to the spot and instead say potential in Jeff Saturday to start at center. So, over the next 191 games leading up to the 2011 season, Jeff Saturday Started 185 games at center for the Indianapolis Colts. Jeff Saturday played a fundamental role on the Indianapolis Colts offense, setting up snaps for quarterback Peyton Manning. Jeff Saturday was also a member of the Green Bay Packers’ 2006-07 Super Bowl winning team.
The Green Bay Packers signed Jeff Saturday to a two-year, $7.75 million contract during free agency last season. However, Jeff Saturday wasn’t expected to return with the Green Bay Packers the next season.
The two-time All-Pro Jeff Saturday had 14 starts during the 2012 season, but was benched before Week 16 in favor of Evan Dietrich-Smith due to injury and issues with efficiency. The Green Bay Packers finished the season 11-5 en route to the playoffs, but still the NFC Divisional round to the San Francisco 49ers.
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