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Meet Jeff Saturday’s son, the UNC wide receiver who looks a lot like his dad

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If you’ve ever looked at Jeff Saturday and thought, “Man, that guy looks awfully familiar,” you’re not alone.

There have been debates about who exactly the Colts coach looks like over the years. Often, NFL fans have pointed to other players, namely centers, that share a similar look to the 14-year Colts star turned head coach.

However, none can quite beat the claim that a current UNC player has in the Jeff Saturday lookalike contest.

That would be his son, Jeffrey Saturday. The two were seen together recently at a UNC game, and many eyebrows were raised when seeing the elder Saturday talk to his son; in a way, it was like he was talking into a mirror.

Here’s everything to know about the Saturdays and the similarities between them.

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Who is Jeffrey Saturday on UNC football?

Jeffrey Saturday on UNC’s football team is the son of Colts coach Jeff Saturday. The younger Saturday is a 5-10, 185-pound junior and plays receiver for the Tar Heels.

Saturday joined the UNC program after recording 55 catches for 1,035 yards and 11 touchdowns during his senior year at Hebron Christian Academy where his father coached. He wasn’t a graded recruit but still landed at UNC to play under coach Mack Brown, who coached the elder Saturday in the 1990s.

Saturday has never logged a catch for the Tar Heels. However, he has served as “a valuable squad member who added depth at wide receiver” according to the team’s official website.

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Jeff Saturday lookalike

The younger Saturday may not be known for his on-field performance at UNC. However, when his father went to see one of his games, plenty of attention was paid to just how much the two Saturdays look alike.

Indeed, Jeffrey is the spitting image of Jeff. The only glaring difference between the two is that the younger Saturday is currently sporting long hair whereas his father keeps his short.

But everything else — from the facial features to the color of each’s eyes — would allow any to guess that they are father and son, even without knowing the Saturday name.

Saturday has also been called a look-alike of former Giants and 49ers center-turned-TV-analyst Shaun O’Hara over the years. There is certainly some resemblance between those two, as you can see below (Saturday is on the right).

Still, the familial resemblance between the Saturdays will put that old-hat O’Hara comparison to shame.

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Where did Jeff Saturday go to college?

The Saturdays don’t share just their looks. They also share the same alma mater.

The elder Saturday attended UNC from 1994 to 1997 where he was a four-year letterman and two-year team captain. He was a standout at the center position and was named to the All-ACC first team in 1996 and 1997 for his strong performance.

Saturday played under Mack Brown, the same coach for whom his son plays. Brown coached at UNC from 1988 to 1997 before spending the 1998 through 2013 campaigns at Texas. He returned to UNC in 2019 and has remained there since.

Even despite his success playing for Brown, Saturday went undrafted because NFL teams were worried about his size. He stood just 6-2, 292 pounds at the NFL Combine, and that was enough for teams to ignore his strong tape; they simply feared he wouldn’t do as well against bigger, stronger, faster NFL competition.

Saturday initially signed with the Ravens but failed to make the team. As such, he returned to North Carolina where he served as a manager of an electrical supply store.

In 1999, the Colts signed him to a contract and he served as a backup during that season. He started two games and became the team’s top center beginning in 2000. From there, he became an All-Pro talent and one of the most respected interior offensive linemen in the NFL.


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