For a man that was known for over a decade for having Peyton Manning's hands on his rear-end, it's safe to say that Jeff Saturday has been a popular player around Indianapolis, and the entire NFL in general.
Now, it seems that the former Pro Bowl center for the Indianapolis Colts will be joining ESPN.
The news was reported by Mike Chappell of The Indianapolis Star on Tuesday. The announcement is expected sometime today and his first appearance will apparently be on July 17.
Apparently, Saturday will also be-joining the Colts organization, with Chappell saying:
Saturday, who retired in March after signing a one-day contract with the Colts, also is returning to the team in August as part of its sales and marketing department. He spent his first 13 NFL seasons with the Colts before spending the 2012 season with the Green Bay Packers.
Seth Markman, the senior coordinating producer for ESPN, also had some good things to say about Saturday:
“Offensive linemen make some of the best analysts because they understand the nuances of the game and they typically have fun personalities — Jeff definitely fits this mold,” senior coordinating producer Seth Markman, who oversees ESPN’s NFL studio shows, said in a statement. “It’s also no accident he played center for two NFL MVPs in Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers.”
Whatever you opinions are of ESPN, you almost definitely love Saturday if you're a Colts fan. He's always around in the community, and he's always willing to take a picture with a fan or just say hello.
A certain writer here at Stampede Blue remembers doing a football camp with Saturday. We messed around with him a lot, but he helped us learn about the game even more.
The guy we were afraid of was Tarik Glenn.
The addition of Saturday to ESPN is a good one in my book. Let's just hope to see him on air more than some of the other analysts.