INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 26: Reggie Wayne #87 of the Indianapolis Colts runs down the sideline on a 57-yard touchdown reception during the first half of an NFL preseason game against the Green Bay Packers at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 26, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Reggie Wayne's dramatic entrance to this year was a welcome bit of entertainment after a long offseason of doubts, dramatic divorces, and turnover within the franchise. Per Mike Chappell, this was something Wayne had planned to do two years ago, but training campthe Colts front office heads at the time nixed it. Now, those front office leaders are gone, and Wayne was free to make his training camp statement. The whole performance, with him showing up wearing military fatigues with a National Guard convoy of Humvees, was brilliant.
Wayne sounded off, "Reggie Wayne, reporting for duty!" as he exited the Humvee. He then picked up his nap sacks and walked towards reporters while guardsmen cheered his name and applauded.
There was just one little "mistake" in the performance. During his meeting with the media, Reggie went off script and said the Colts are "rebuilding."
When asked why he chose a military-themed entrance, Wayne responded [emphasis mine]:
It is what it is, man. We're in a phase where we're rebuilding right now. I was just thinking that we just need to have a whole different mindset, and that's being able to to be there for each other. One thing about our military people is they are always there for each other, got each others backs. That's what we have to do.
The sentiment Reggie wanted to convey, with his convoy of guardsmen standing beside him, was admirable and should have been heard loud and clear by his teammates. If I'm Andrew Luck right now, I now who my go-to guy is if I'm in a jam.
However, for months we've heard Colts brass utter the completely nonsensical line, We're not rebuilding; we're reloading. "Rebuilding" is such a dirty word that Colts players and coaches have gone way out of their way to avoid using it all offseason.
Yes, as if changing the word somehow changes the situation.
I know why head head Chuck Pagano wants to avoid that word "rebuilding," but in the case of the Colts it's silly to describe them as anything otherwise. Whether intentionally or not, Wayne went off script and kept things real. It's one of the many reasons why Reggie is kind of awesome.
Keep in mind, just because Reggie said the dreaded "rebuilding" word doesn't mean he expects less from himself or his teammates.
It's time to work. It's time to go back to doing the things we normally do, and that's going out there and making Colts fans proud and having fun.
Thus, in doing what he did today, you should see why it was such a good move to re-sign Wayne this offseason.