Jeff Saturday: The Colts’ Key to Sundays for the Past 13 Years

August 21, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It's a career that almost never happened.
After going undrafted in the 1998 NFL Draft (in which the Colts selected Peyton Manning with the No. 1 overall pick), Jeff Saturday signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Ravens, but was waived before training camp even began. No one else picked up the North Carolina product and his future looked bleak, as the NFL had shut its doors on him.
And for one season, those doors remained completely closed. Saturday had no NFL connections during the 1998 season. Instead, he worked at an electrical supply store as a salesman, calling businesses and pitching products. It looked like that's where his business degree would take him in the "real world."
Then the Colts came calling in January 1999. It was a call that sparked and lit up a new chance at an NFL career for a man who had been selling fuse blocks for six months.
After starting two games at left guard his rookie season with the Colts, he became the full-time starter at center...

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