Jeff Saturday is without doubt my favorite Colt. His everyman story of struggling just to make in the NFL is inspiring. He's a good man, a father and clearly a man on great character. He's also been one whale of an offensive lineman and a leader to boot.
A: Great question, Jason. Linemen are difficult because they don't have conventional stats. Saturday is a five-time Pro Bowler and a two-time All Pro. Those are really about the only stats a center can have other than rings. There are currently five centers with more or as many Pro Bowls and All-Pros as Saturday who aren't in the Hall. As great as Saturday is/was, he is probably on the outside looking in when it comes to Canton. Perhaps in 20 years he'll get a stronger look. Obviously, his role in the lockout resolution can only help, but typically voters choose based on what happens on the field. It's just tough for centers. Another ring would help his chances.
Saturday is just a class act any way you slice it:
"Peyton is a close friend and I loved playing with him," Saturday told the newspaper. "I loved the time we spent together. It was the most difficult call I've ever made. I told him before anyone else that I was going to Green Bay.
"I told him I don't think the Broncos wanted me as much as he did. They've got things going on that they're happy with and are moving forward with and I didn't think it was an exact fit. I always felt like in Green Bay I was their very first choice."