64 Days Until The College Football Season Kicks Off
Back to back centers.
Yesterday for day 65, I highlighted a very talented center from Iowa that will be starting in Baltimore this season. Today for day 64, I’ll cover a legendary center that played college football for North Carolina.
Jeff Saturday was born in Atlanta, Georgia and attended Tucker Shamrock High School in Decatur, Georgia. While Saturday was a great high school player, he was deemed too short to play in the SEC and received an offer to North Carolina due to a relationship with Carl Tobrosh, the then defensive coordinator at UNC.
From 1994 to 1997, Saturday was a 4 year letterman under Mack Brown. In 1996 and 1997, he was named a team captain in addition to All ACC awards. While he was a dominant college center, he went undrafted in 1998 and was signed by the Ravens and later was cut.
He went onto sell electrical parts in the Raleigh area. That was the end of Saturdays football career.
That was until his college roommate Nate Hobgood-Chittick who was on the Colts, told Colts GM Bill Polians offense and told him that Saturday was the player that the Colts need. Polian with no hesitation brought him in for a workout and the rest was history. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018.