After announcing his plans for retirement over a month ago, Jeff Saturday made it official Thursday during a special press conference at the Colts Complex. In January, Saturday made it clear his dream was to retire with the team with which he started his career. His wish was granted by Jim Irsay and the Indianapolis Colts as he signed a 1-day contract during the very memorable press conference Thursday afternoon.
Prior to the signing of the contract, Irsay spoke fondly of Saturday, referring to him is the heartbeat of the organization during his tenure. Irsay noted how special of a player and a person Saturday has always been to his team and community.
"When I think about Jeff, I think about one of the greatest success stories in the National Football League," Irsay said as he applauded Saturday's career.
Following his accolades, Irsay signed the 1-day contract during the press conference as he joked about this transaction not costing him a thing, for once. Saturday then followed suit as he watched his dream come true.
Saturday seemed both humbled and excited about the opportunity the Colts had given. Although he spent one season in Green Bay, it is obvious Indianapolis will forever be Saturday's home.
Throughout much of his speech, Saturday thanked a number of people in Indianapolis: Jim Irsay, Colts organization, Colts fans, Indianapolis community, trainers, equipment staff, his coaches and a long list of players he referred to as his "Colts Hall of Fame".
As Saturday went through his list, he commented on the special way each group had touched his heart. He remained classy and humble throughout the press conference, proof that he was indeed an Indianapolis Colt.
Saturday expressed his excitement for having more time to spend with his wife and children now that he has officially retired from the game. He spoke of his love and adoration for his family as tears came to their eyes.
Saturday ended his speech by saying "I am officially retired. It's a done deal." He and Irsay held the number 63 one last time before embracing.
During the press conference, Irsay made it clear that Saturday would not only be in the Colts Ring of Honor, but will become an ambassador for the franchise in the near future. The extent to Saturday's involvement with the organization has yet to be determined. No matter what role Saturday will play in the organization, it is clear his home is here in Indianapolis.