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Jeff Saturday Offers Peyton Manning Retirement Advice: "It's Early"

Intro: At the Pro Bowl, caught up with Ring of Honor member Jeff Saturday. The former Colt great talked about a recent hunting trip with Peyton Manning.


INDIANAPOLIS – Actually, Peyton Manning isn't always attending a football game in his first year of retirement.

Manning has made his fair share of appearances at various football games this past year, but he also recently got some time with the boys.

Long-time teammate Jeff Saturday and Manning just wrapped up a hunting trip together.

On the trip, the quarterback/center pair talked about life after football.

Saturday has just embarked on his next endeavor, as the head football coach at Hebron Christian Academy in Dacula, Georgia.

Manning's plan, one with plenty of attention around it, is still without an answer.

At this week's Pro Bowl in Orlando, caught up with Saturday to hear his advice for Manning.

"It's early and that's the thing. It's early," Saturday said of him reminding the newly retired Manning. "He just retired. I'm only a few years into it, but our kids, with the ages they are, it's all about the balance of what you can do with your children, with your family.

"Making sure you choose the right things to say yes to. I think he's doing a good job of evaluating everything right now. There's always going to be opportunities. You just have to be patient with it and make sure the right thing comes along. When it's time, he will jump on it and do the right thing."

One of those opportunities for Manning was rumored to be waiting for him in Indianapolis.

Last week, Jim Irsay addressed the possibility of Manning joining the Colts organization.

"Peyton and I have talked through the last year when he came in for the 10th (Super Bowl) anniversary reunion," Irsay said. "Him and I sat and had some time to talk alone. I said I would be happy to be a sounding board for him asking him what he was thinking about going forward with his career and that sort of thing. But there were never any serious negotiations or anything like that for him coming in to be general manager.

"I would welcome the opportunity for him and I to talk about that possibility someday that he would play some role in our organization. I think you have to remember that it hasn't even been a year since the confetti fell from his Denver Super Bowl victory. He is enjoying retirement, enjoying the chance to not be downed in a schedule and that sort of thing."

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