Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/5/14
 

Green Bay Packers center Jeff Saturday…wow, that still just seems strange to see that in print. Jeff Saturday, after 13 years anchoring the Indianapolis Colts' offensive line, makes his return to the Circle City on Sunday when the Packers and Colts do battle at Lucas Oil Stadium. Saturday has mixed emotions about this game and returning to the city and franchise he called home for so long.

"Obviously you’re coming back with a job at hand, but I spent my whole career there. You’re 13 years not only on a football team, but helping build a community. My wife and I for so many years have been so involved. You’ve got mixed emotions. It’s never easy to be on the other side. I obviously have so much respect for the Colts and their organization. It’s always tough. But you’re coming back with a job to get a win and that’s what we’re going down for.”


The job Saturday has to do is to win a football game for his new team, the Green Bay Packers. If he's successful, he'll send a throng of people who used to cheer his exploits home very disappointed. Saturday realizes though, that's all part and parcel of the business of the NFL.

"Professionally I left on as good terms as you can. They didn’t release me. The time was just up. That’s where football is. I thank the Colts and Mr. Irsay for all the years that he gave me. Those guys have been a class organization and I have a ton of respect for them. I don’t think the fans have any hostility towards me going anywhere else. They all know it’s business. Hopefully it’ll be a warm reception.”


Saturday expects a large contingent of friends and family to be in attendance on Sunday and looks forward to renewing some old acquaintances, both on and off the field. Although few players remain from the roster Saturday played on, he said he still maintains contact with former teammates like Reggie Wayne and Anthony Castonzo.

Saturday also intimated that when his playing career is over, he would be open to returning to Indianapolis and working for the Colts' organization.

“I think Indy is eventually my home. That’s what my family, my wife, all three of my kids are Hoosiers, that’s what we know. Our church is there, my kids’ schools, everything is back there. We have made Indy our home for the 13 years I was there. We still have our home there and we’ll go back in the offseason. I’m not planning to make any changes with that. I love that community and I’ve been very involved, and my wife has been very involved for so many years. I’m not going to pull up roots just because I’m not playing football. It’s a great place to raise a family and I’m very proud of the community I live in.”

"I know Jim (Irsay) has made it very clear that the opportunity (to work with the Colts) would be there. I’ll look at it. I strongly considered it this time. He made it an option before I even came back and played football. Jim has treated me as well as you could possibly ask for as an owner. Pete Ward the same way. Those guys have been just fantastic to me and have made it very clear that I’d be offered something and they would love me to be around the organization."


Colts fans will think it strange to see Saturday on the opposing sideline Sunday. For Saturday, he just hopes he can find his way to the right locker room.

"The crazy thing is I don’t think I’ve ever even been to the visitors’ locker room in Indy. I don’t even know where I’m going to be. It’s all going to look different and obviously coming out and seeing the team. You’re so accustomed to seeing that blue and the horseshoe and the whole deal. Hopefully I don’t jog the wrong way early. I’ll turn around and head back towards the right side.”




Be sure to check out other great articles at Sports Media 101.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: NBA exploring moving start of Finals up

Isaiah Thomas: Danny Ainge wants my input on free agents

Brian Matusz suspended eight games for substance on arm

Report: Ray McDonald arrested again for domestic violence

Baseball players in the military: A tribute

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

'Free Tom Brady' rally draws about 150 Patriots fans

LeBron's triple-double leads Cavs to win in OT thriller

Report: Adrian Peterson will skip Vikings first OTAs

Corey Brewer: We got our butt kicked, it was embarrassing

Brian Kelly hints Notre Dame will have fast offense

John Madden: Last play of Super Bowl will 'torment' Pete Carroll

Is Adrian Peterson leveraging himself out of the league?

Mascot creates controversy with 'Police Lives Matter' sign

The Talented Mr. Blatt

The curious case of Frank Kaminsky

Is the Cavs' Matthew Dellavedova a dirty player?

LeBron lifts Cavaliers to brink of Finals, but are they ready?

Will Phil Jackson give himself a chance to succeed with Knicks?

Most valuable non-QB for each NFL team

Federer unhappy with security after fan comes on court

WATCH: LeBron throws down ferocious dunk in traffic

WATCH: Al Horford ejected for elbowing Matthew Dellavedova

Seahawks fan starts GoFundMe for Russell Wilson's contract

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Could the NBA Finals be moved up?

The Talented Mr. Blatt

Is Dellavedova a dirty player?

Ballplayers in the military: A tribute

Most valuable non-QB for each NFL team

WATCH: LeBron's ferocious dunk in traffic

Kelly drops hint about ND offense

John Madden: Last SB play will 'torment' Carroll

Eight biggest surprises of the MLB season

Bryan Price ejected before first pitch

Vin Scully narrates marriage proposal

Pats fan's obituary defends Brady

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.