Fresh off the wire

Jeff Saturday ready to retire after 14 seasons in NFL


Green Bay Packers center Jeff Saturday told on Thursday that he would wait until after the Pro Bowl to decide about his possible retirement. Turns out he won't even wait that long.

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Saturday told WFNI-AM in Indianapolis on Friday morning that he will retire after 14 seasons in the NFL.

"That's it ... we'll finish it with sunsets in Hawaii and call it a much better career than I would have anticipated," Saturday said.

What a career. He will go down as one of the best undrafted players of his generation, going to six Pro Bowls. The longtime Indianapolis Colts center also was a first-team All-Pro twice, and second-team All-Pro two times. His status as a leader for the NFLPA, immortalized with his embrace of Robert Kraft after the lockout, helped cement Saturday's status as one of the most well-respected players of his era.

Saturday probably won't get too close to the Hall of Fame, but we'd be surprised if he wasn't immortalized by the Colts Ring of Honor.

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