Jeff Saturday Takes One Last Snap From Peyton Manning at 2013 Pro Bowl
Before riding off into retirement, former Indianapolis Colt, and current Green Bay Packer, Jeff Saturday snapped the ball one last time to his good friend and former teammate, Peyton Manning.
Saturday announced earlier in the week he would retire at the conclusion of yesterday's annual all-star game in Hawaii after a stellar 14 year career, 12 of which he spent as the anchor of the Colts offensive line and the only man on the field to touch the ball before Manning.
He started his career in 1998 with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted rookie out of the University of North Carolina, where he was cut before the start of the regular season. He worked briefly at an electrical supply store in Raleigh, North Carolina before the Colts came calling.
As a Colts fan, I've always thought highly of Jeff Saturday. Not only was he a great player, he came off as a genuinely nice guy who is credited by many as being an integral part of the deal that ended the NFL lockout during the collective bargaining dispute between the player's union and the owners.
Saturday said in a recent interview that he and his family plan to make Indy their permanent home and there's a chance he could find his way back into the Colts organization as owner Jim Irsay reportedly offered him a job before he was traded to the Packers before the start of the season.
Whether that will be the case remains to be seen, although I could easily see him on TV as analyst with ESPN, CBS, NBC, or whoever. Whatever the future holds for him, I'm glad I had the chance to not only watch him play on TV week in and week out, but to see him in person on my few trips to Indy to catch a game.
The video below captures the final snap between Saturday and Manning, however the NFL has been incessantly scouring the depths of YouTube and removing any video of the exchange on the basis of copyright infringement. In the event that happens to the video below, you can see it on the NFL's official website.