Jeff Saturday to retire after the 2013 Pro Bowl

Brian McIntyre
Shutdown Corner

Longtime Indianapolis Colts and current Green Bay Packers center Jeff Saturday announced on Friday that he intends to retire following Sunday night's Pro Bowl, Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star reports.

Saturday, 37, made the disclosure on the "Grady and Big Joe Show" on 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis.

"We’ll finish it with sunsets in Hawaii and call it a much better career than I would have anticipated," Saturday said.

Saturday went undrafted out of the University of North Carolina in 1998 and was signed by the Baltimore Ravens, who released him before that year's training camp. Saturday spent the 1998 season working in an electrical supply store in Raleigh, North Carolina before he was signed by the Colts in January of 1999.

Saturday was a reserve for much of his rookie season, making a pair of starts in the middle of the season, before becoming a full-time starter in 2000. From 2000-11, Saturday would start 186 of 192 regular season games, earning Pro Bowl honors in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010 and All-Pro honors in 2005 and 2007.

The Colts underwent significant changes on and off the field in 2012 and Saturday was allowed to test the free agent market. The Packers signed Saturday to a two-year, $7.75 million contract on March 23, 2012 that included $1.65 million in guaranteed money. Saturday started 14 games and, despite being replaced in the starting lineup by Evan Dietrich-Smith in December, earned Pro Bowl honors for the sixth time in his impressive career.

According to Richards, Saturday and his family are expected to make the Indianapolis area their permanent home and it would be a major surprise if the Colts don't find a place for Saturday within their organization. Last October, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that Colts owner Jim Irsay offered a front-office position to Saturday before the veteran signed with the Packers.

"I know Jim has made it very clear that the opportunity would be there," Saturday said. "I'll look at it. I strongly considered it this time. He made it an option before I even came back and played football."

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