Colts owner Jim Irsay says former center Jeff Saturday will have presence with team after retiring

Saturday will sign 1-day contract

INDIANAPOLIS - Former Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday will have a presence with the team after retiring with the Colts, owner Jim Irsay said Friday.

Saturday told RTV6's Dave Furst that he is back in Indianapolis and is ready to sign a one-day contract soon.

"Jeff Saturday will put on his Colts Jersey 1 more time and retire a Colt at Press Conf coming soon..will have a presence with team," Irsay tweeted Friday.

Saturday spent 13 seasons in Indianapolis, earning a Super Bowl ring and making the Pro Bowl while with the Colts five times, earning a sixth Pro Bowl appearance in his final season with Green Bay.

Saturday's journey to Indianapolis with the Packers on Oct. 7 was packed with emotion. It was the same week that Colts coach Chuck Pagano's battle with leukemia was made public, and Colts fans were eager to greet Saturday as someone who meant so much to the team for so many years.

"When we got here, I was texting Reggie (Wayne) and some of those guys the night before the game," Saturday said. "Staying at a different hotel and looking over Lucas (Oil Stadium), the whole deal was just surreal."

A montage of Saturday's accomplishments with the Colts was shown on the big screen in the waning moments of the game, something he said he will never forget.

"I had to turn away, because I was getting choked up. The Colts were going for the winning drive. It was like 2 minutes left in the game," Saturday said. "(Andrew) Luck and I were laughing about it. He said, 'We're trying to score. They're bringing tears to the eyes of some of my guys in the huddle. What's going on?'"

Saturday said he appreciated the outpouring of support.

"When the game was over, there was a group of fans who waited … and I remember running out and I'm welling up, because people are on their feet and just going nuts as I ran in," Saturday said. "(Packers coach Mike) McCarthy pulled me aside and said, 'You'll never forget it.'"

Luck has ushered in a new era in Indianapolis, passing the mantle from Peyton Manning.

Saturday said he thinks the Colts are equipped to make more championship runs.

"He makes plays. He's aggressive when he needs to be aggressive. He's going to be a great leader for this team," Saturday said. "He's a classy guy. He really cares about his team. He cares about his job."

Saturday and Irsay have been working for quite some time on the plan to bring Saturday back to Indianapolis so that he can retire with the Colts.

"Irsay was always completely on board with that and had contacted me to do that," Saturday said. "There's stuff that happens with the league first that has to all take place. It just takes time to get things done."

Follow Dave Furst on Twitter: @davefurst

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