Former Colts player Jeff Saturday helps Indy make 2018 Super Bowl bid
Retired Indianapolis Colt Jeff Saturday is back at center as he assists Indianapolis in its pitch for a second Super Bowl.
During a late morning briefing, the bid committee announced that Saturday would join Allison Melangton in addressing NFL owners during their 15-minute presentation Tuesday.
Saturday said he was asked to be the guest speaker a couple of months ago.
“Hopefully they see someone they know,” Saturday said. “They how much I care about the game of football, not just the specific Super Bowl, but continuing the future of our game and how much (I care) about the community I live in, so I hope that credibility goes a long way.”
Part of the legacy project the city will unveil involves partnering with USA Football on a program aimed at reducing head injuries. USA Football has been headquartered in Indianapolis since 2009, having relocated from Washington, DC.
“They’ve seen me in negotiations with them. They know I care about the health and safety of players. That’s not something new,” Saturday said. “They know I care about making the game better in the long run, so I hope that rapport goes a long way.”
Indy’s proposed legacy project comes as the NFL addresses growing concerns surrounding the concussion rate among NFL players and works out a settlement stemming from a lawsuit filed by retired players.
Saturday became a free agent in 2011 and played one year for the Green Bay Packers before officially retiring as an Indianapolis Colt. He’s made Indianapolis his home. He wants to see the city host another Super Bowl.
He admits he’s a bit nervous going before the 32 NFL owners. “You know in athletics, it’s once it happens, you get into the flow and this is really quick You have to get up and make your points, so there’s definitely a little bit of anxiety,” Saturday said. “But I’ll get up there and do my very best and hopefully it works out right.”