The Indianapolis Colts have had a busy off-season prepping by themselves through player-only workouts during the lockout for the upcoming 2011 season.
But while those players were busy attempting to get in shape to play on the field, Colts veteran center and player representative Jeff Saturday was exercising the players' rights off the field in attempt to end the disagreements over the labor disputes. Though there should be no worries for Colts fans, getting seen on television walking in a suit and using his verbal wisdom to address the players weren't the only types of drills Saturday was partaking in.
"I worked out on a regular schedule, wherever we did stay," said Saturday with a smile.
"No matter what obscure hotel, I made sure it had facilities that I could work out in. So I got it all in. I have done everything that I would normally do in the off-season. I'm fully prepared and ready to get back, in fact I'm excited to get back to it."
Well, most people wouldn't say Saturday did everything that he had to do during a normal summer during the past three months. Most of the time during the months of May, June, and July, Saturday isn't usually spending his time in intense meetings with Roger Goodell and the rest of the league owners, and Saturday admitted that he would much rather be in Colts' head coaching meetings with his teammates any day of the week. But despite the long hours it took, Saturday claims he would definitely do it over if he had too.
"One of the main things I realized when you are advocating for other people is how much that comes back to your mind," said Saturday.
"When you lay awake at night and think about the things that are important, such as protecting guys' lifestyles and their health, that was what I really cared about. To make sure that guys will be able to play longer into their careers, and walk away from healthy from this game, and I feel like we have given our players that opportunity."
Along with being glad of taking care the interest of the players, Saturday also made sure to note he was most "glad to help get football back in front of fans." For the fans not to miss anything outside of off-season drills was something the veteran was both very happy and proud of, but in terms of for himself, Saturday is glad to return to his normal schedule.
"This is what I've done and what I have done for thirteen years," said Saturday.
"Just to be back with the guys, the camaraderie of our locker room, and getting with the men that I'm going to battle with. I'm excited about it, I feel like we have a great team here that I'll be playing with."
Colts' Saturday: "Glad to help get football back in front of fans"
The Colts center talked briefly after JIm Caldwell's press conference on Friday afternoon, and feels he'll be ready for the season once training camp starts despite his obligations off the field.
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