Saturday in For 'Awkward' Weekend
CREATED Oct. 3, 2012
GREEN BAY, Wis.--The biggest change for Jeff Saturday this weekend against the Colts will be getting dressed in the visitors locker room after calling Indianapolis his home for most of his professional career.
"I'd be lying if I told you it wouldn't be awkward. You play 13 years in one place and to go back and play against them now is definitely different," Saturday said.
Different would be an understatement. Following a 2-14 season in 2011 the Colts cleaned house.
"I mean, they have a new GM, coaching staff, new players. It's not the same Colts since I was there," Saturday said. "But it's still the Horseshoe. It's the blue. It's the things you rally around."
The roster turnover just 7 hours south of Lambeau gave the Packers a chance to find a new Center to rally around in the huddle.
"Number 1, when we signed Jeff Saturday we knew we were getting a veteran," said Head Coach Mike McCarthy. "Someone with a lot of pounce on the wall."
"Jeff's done a great job for us, he understands the tempo of the no huddle and he's been around the game for along time," said Aaron Rodgers. "So there's not much that surprises him. He's been a very good leader for that offensive line room."
"Just an old school pro," added McCarthy. "[He] brings his lunch box every day. Has a lot of personality and natural leadership ability. He's been an excellent fit for us as a football team and more importantly the offensive line."