Reggie Wayne will long be remembered as a favorite among Colts fans. On Sunday against the Titans, he's set to join very elite company in Colts franchise history. When he appears on the field Sunday, he will be playing in his 200th career game, all with the Colts. Only two other players have ever appeared in 200 or more games with the Colts franchise: quarterbacks Peyton Manning (208) and Johnny Unitas (206). It's likely that Reggie will pass Peyton for first place this season as well, as long as he stays healthy.
"I really feel like being able to answer that bell each week, that's what it's all about," Reggie said on Friday. "Getting the respect from my teammates knowing that I'll be there, that means a lot to me no matter what the situation is. That's bigger than touchdowns, that's bigger than catches, that's bigger than yards. At the end of the day, when it's all said and done, I want that respect of my teammates to let them know that I was there and I was a good teammate."
In addition, with three catches on Sunday, Wayne will pass Isaac Bruce for number seven on the NFL's all-time receptions list with 1,025. With those three catches, Reggie would also continue his record streak of consecutive games with at least three catches, which would improve to 75-straight games with at least three receptions on Sunday. With 24 yards Sunday, Reggie will pass Henry Ellard for tenth place on the NFL's all-time receiving yards list with 13,777. With one touchdown catch, Wayne would tie Art Powell for 22nd on the all-time list with 81 touchdown catches.
"It means a lot," Reggie said regarding his receptions numbers. "Once again, it just means you've been around a while. At the end of the day, to accomplish any of those kind of records, any of those kind of accolades, you've got to be available. At some point in time, the longer you play, I'm going to catch somebody else. Records are made to be broken. At some point in time somebody's going to catch mine. Like I say all the time, just being available I'll be able to accomplish those things, and yes it does mean a lot. It means that I was able to weather the storm over and over and over again. Just hopefully we can continue to do those things and we just pray that we keep it up."
Reggie Wayne has long been an epitome of what it means to be a Colt, and he's long been one of the fan favorites. Right now, I don't think there is anyone more popular among Colts fans than Reggie - including Andrew Luck, though the quarterback is close. It has been a great career for Wayne - one that very well might end in Canton some day - and he's still going, too. He said on Friday that he feels like the old Reggie Wayne, and number 87 looks like it too. On Sunday, we'll surely hear the "Reggie!" chant that has often broken out in Lucas Oil Stadium, and it might just be because of another statistical milestone for the veteran receiver.
Against the Tennessee Titans, Reggie Wayne has played in 22 career games (starting 21) and has caught 103 passes for 1,363 yards and 9 touchdowns. The Colts are 16-6 in those games.