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Former Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne will receive the key to the city from Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard in July.

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Former Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne has received quite a few honors for his on-field performance, but he is set to receive an honor for his work off-the-field in the Indianapolis community as well.  Wayne will be presented with a key to the city from Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard at the Indiana University's Pacers Sports and Entertainment luncheon on July 17.

Wayne is one of the greatest players in Colts franchise history but also has been a longtime presence in the community, giving back to those in Indianapolis.  The Colts parted ways with Wayne this offseason and he is currently a free agent, and Ballard considers this an appropriate honor to bestow upon Wayne based on everything he has done to give back to the community and the fact that he is a role model for many.

In his 14 seasons with the Colts, Wayne played in a franchise-record 211 games and was part of more wins than any other Colt in history (143).  He caught 1,070 passes for 14,345 yards and 80 touchdowns, doing so by notching 43 100-yard games.  He was a six-time Pro Bowler, a three-time All-Pro, and a part of two AFC championship teams and a Super Bowl champion.  He has a legitimate case for the Hall of Fame one day, and regardless he will go down as one of the greatest players to ever wear a Colts uniform.

A large part of that is not just because of his incredible on-field accomplishments but for the way he conducted himself.  He was a leader and a team player during his time with the Colts, even choosing to come back in 2012 to a losing team and help turn them around as one of the leaders (and best players).  Off-the-field, Wayne routinely gave back and was a present face in Indianapolis who certainly was a role model to many.  Because of that, he'll receive the key to the city from Mayor Greg Ballard, and Reggie Wayne is certainly a deserving recipient.