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March 7, 2013

Back in blue — for a day

Jeff Saturday retires as a Colt

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“Next are the fans and the community. The fans in Indianapolis are the greatest ever. I’ve had my share of going other places, I’ve played on the road a number of times, and there is not a better group of people to support a football team than the Colts fans. Every time I walked out onto that field I knew it was a blessing to be out in front of you. You supported us. You challenged us when we didn’t show up the way we should have. I’m very appreciative of all the support you’ve given us. The community here, you’re my wife and I’s heart.”

Being back in Indiana has meant a lot to the Saturday family. Even though he played with the Packers last season, his wife and children remained in Indianapolis. It’s home.  

“That’s the reason we’re back in Indianapolis,” Saturday said. “We love living here. We love being a part of it. The people in this community, in this area, support each other and give to each other and we’re grateful to be a part of it. Hopefully we’ve given back some of what you’ve given to us because I could  not feel more supported.

“Even coming back from Green Bay how many people sent me letters and e-mails and petitions about rejoining the Colts and all kinds of things that are just way above and beyond what people expect and what my expectations have been. Again, I really appreciate all of what you’ve given us.”

Thoughts on his coaches in Indianapolis: “I’ve been very fortunate in my NFL career to have some fantastic coaches. The three head coaches I was under here with [Jim] Mora, [Tony] Dungy, and [Jim] Caldwell were fantastic. Dungy and Caldwell especially as I got older in my career. Not just great coaches but great mentors for my life. The faith example they set for me, I couldn’t have asked for a better way to be taught. I truly respect those men. Those are some fantastic men above and beyond football and I’m very fortunate to have them.  

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