One of the greatest players to ever put on an Indianapolis Colts uniform is retiring. Wide receiver Reggie Wayne told CBS4's Mike Chappell that he plans to hang it up.
"I think so, bro, yeah," Wayne told Chappell. "Yeah, I'm done. It was fun, but it's time. It's just time. Whenever you can admit that you're done, you know you're done.''
Wayne said that the moment he knew it was the right time was when he returned to Indianapolis to watch the Colts host the Buccaneers. For the first time, Reggie Wayne was simply a fan, enjoying an adult beverage, popcorn, and watching the jumbotron, just like everyone else in Lucas Oil Stadium. It was at that point that Wayne realized that he could truly move on. Now, he's enjoying spending time with his family.
"When I look at it, what else did I have to prove?'' Wayne said. "In my mind, I never got as much pub as a lot of other guys, and that's fine. I don't care. You know what? Numbers don't lie. People do, but numbers don't lie."
Those numbers that Wayne talks about are indeed incredibly impressive. He caught 1,070 passes, the second-most in franchise history and seventh-most in NFL history. He recorded 14,345 receiving yards, good for second in franchise history and eighth in league history. He caught 80 touchdowns, again ranking second in franchise history behind only Marvin Harrison. He recorded 43 100+ yard games and had 134 consecutive games with a reception, both ranking second in team history. He played in 211 games and was a part of 143 victories, finishing as the Colts' all-time leader in both categories. For 14 amazing years, Reggie Wayne was part of one of the most successful runs in NFL history and was a part of one of the best passing offenses ever. He was a six-time Pro Bowler and a first-team All-Pro in 2010.
Of course, just like with every other player that has come before, age caught up to Reggie Wayne. In 2013 he tore his ACL, and then in 2014 he dealt with a torn triceps and elbow injury that slowed him down as he continued to work his way back from the knee injury. After the tough season, the Colts announced that they wouldn't re-sign Wayne, ending his incredible run with the organization. Wayne got a chance with the Patriots but soon after was released, and ever since then it has been assumed that Wayne would be retiring. He now told Chappell for sure that he is, and it sounds like an official announcement will be coming in the next few weeks.
Chappell notes that Wayne rides his bike 20-25 miles three times a week and spends a ton of time with his family, so it's not all bad for the receiver. Whatever else he ends up doing in retirement, best of luck to Reggie Wayne - one of the best Colts players there's ever been.