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Jeff Saturday


Few in the painfully low-profile career of NFL center have had it better than Saturday, who snapped to Peyton Manning for 12 years and now is hiking it to another MVP in Aaron Rodgers. And all Saturday had to endure for the privilege was one Kerry Collins--Curtis Painter--Dan Orlovsky debacle of a season in Indianapolis in 2011. At 37, he is the only significant addition to the Packers' high-octane offense, joining Green Bay in March after the team lost veteran Scott Wells in free agency.

After 170 starts with Manning in Indy (an NFL record for a QB-center pair), he has seamlessly transitioned to the Packers' scheme, though he says it's apples and oranges. "There's nothing transferable," says Saturday, who has made five Pro Bowls and earned two All-Pro nods. "Everything I've learned is brand new. My calls [in Indy] were exactly opposite. But both offenses have produced numbers and Super Bowls. I'm just glad to be a part of this one." He won't play 12 years with Rodgers, but the veteran doesn't want to put a time limit on his Green Bay tenure. "Let's just keep it going how we're going," he said. "I love playing the game. I'm going to keep playing as long as I feel good and feel like I'm contributing."