The Indianapolis Colts announced today that Jeff Saturday will be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor.
The ceremony will take place during halftime of the Colts home opener in Week 2 against the New York Jets.
Saturday played 14 seasons in the NFL, and spent 13 of those years with the Colts. He is best known (and rightly so) for his on-field chemistry and relationship with Peyton Manning. From 1999 until 2011 Saturday was the starting center almost every week for the Colts, anchoring what was (statistically) a very strong offensive line in Indianapolis during that stretch.
Coming into the league as an undersized, undrafted free agent, Saturday signed with the Ravens, but didn't last through Training Camp. Given another chance by the Colts, Saturday blossomed into one of the best centers in football, on one of the best offensive teams in football.
With Indianapolis, Saturday reached five Pro Bowls, and was a two time All-Pro. Saturday also added a sixth Pro Bowl to his resume as a member of the Packers.
Saturday currently ranks fifth in most games played in a Colts uniform, and third (behind Manning and Reggie Wayne) in wins. Saturday and Manning started 170 games together, and compiled a 120-50 record, the best for any center-quarterback duo.
He is currently an analyst for ESPN.
When Saturday is inducted into the Ring of Honor, he will become the 12th Colt player to receive such an honor. The others are: Robert Irsay, Bill Brooks, Ted Marchibroda, Chris Hinton, Jim Harbaugh, the 12th Man, Tony Dungy, Marvin Harrison, Edgerrin James, Eric Dickerson, and Marshall Faulk.
I'll leave you all with one of my favorite Saturday-Manning moments.