Jeff Saturday: Linemen Would Have Been Fined for Body Issue
By Evan Reller
Three members of the Indianapolis Colts recently appeared in the ESPN Body Issue. The trio of offensive linemen posed naked for the magazine issue that shows off the bodies of professional athletes.
Anthony Castonzo, Todd Herremans, and Jack Mewhort all participated in the photo shoot. The Body Issue was released last week
All three are lucky that former Colts center Jeff Saturday isn’t captain of the offensive line anymore. They would have suffered through massive fines from their teammates for something like this.
Saturday answered questions in a conference call that was relayed by ESPN’s Mike Wells:
"“We fined each other, you know, we used to crush each other on fines,” Saturday said. “The league has totally changed. We used to support Thanksgiving outreaches and Christmas outreaches from the money that we hit from guys who were drawing attention. So, those dudes would be broke, they would take mortgages out on their home had they been playing during our time. We would not have allowed that kind of thing to go unfined. They may have done it, but ESPN better have paid them a whole bunch of money to get naked because when we were playing it would’ve cost too much.”"
The fines were a fun (I guess?) way to maintain continuity along the line, so that no single lineman became bigger than another. This probably started around the time Peyton Manning was appearing in every other commercial. Saturday suffered his fair share of the fines as he appeared in photo shoots and commercials with Manning a number of times.
It was announced earlier this week that Saturday would be inducted into the Colts Ring of Honor at halftime of the team’s Sept. 21 game against the Jets.
Saturday made sure to set the record straight on the Body Issue as well:
"“Well first of all, I don’t think ESPN would ever ask me to do the body issue,” Saturday said laughing. “I don’t think I have the body.”"
He may not of back then, but Saturday looks awfully trim when he’s on NFL Live nowadays.