Jeff Saturday to retire with Colts

Updated: March 5, 2013, 12:34 PM ET
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In this year's Pro Bowl, center Jeff Saturday got to snap the ball one last time to his former Indianapolis Colts teammate Peyton Manning and on Thursday he'll get the chance to be a Colt one last time.

Saturday, who announced his retirement ahead of the Pro Bowl, played last season for the Green Bay Packers but played 13 seasons in Indianapolis and will retire as a member of the Colts at a Thursday news conference.

"The years I spent with the Colts were truly remarkable and I am honored to be able to retire as a member of one of the classiest organizations in the NFL," Saturday said in a statement on Tuesday. "I also want to thank Green Bay for the opportunity to compete as a member of the Packers last season. During my time in Indianapolis, I made tremendous relationships with numerous teammates, coaches and staff within the organization."

Saturday was originally signed as a rookie free agent with the Baltimore Ravens, but made his name in Indianapolis, winning a Super Bowl with the Colts in the 2006-07 season. He joined the Green Bay Packers on a two-year deal in 2012.

In an interview with ESPN on Monday, Saturday explained why retiring as a member of the Colts meant so much to him.

"We watched that city evolve from a basketball and racing town to truly a football town," Saturday said of his tenure with the Indianapolis.

And in explaining how that conference-swapping snap came to be at the Pro Bowl, Saturday said simply, "[Peyton's] got a lot more pull than I do."

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