In 2001, Bill Polian invested in the 30th pick in the first round of the NFL Draft. The Indianapolis Colts selected Reggie Wayne, a receiver out of Miami. Little did they know they’d end up with fourteen years, 14,345 yards, 82 touchdowns and a football legend.
Here is a roundup of five of Reggie Wayne’s best moments in the NFL.
2014 was Wayne’s last NFL season. In week nine against the Giants, Andrew Luck tossed a perfect 40 yard ball downfield to Wayne, giving him perfect clearance into the end zone for his last career touchdown.
In 2009, the Colts faced the Patriots in a late season shot at the playoffs. In the last minute of the game, Peyton Manning tossed a one yard ball to Reggie Wayne in the end zone for a touchdown, a victory against New England and a playoff appearance that would eventually lead them to the Super Bowl.
Though this game against the Giants was in the preseason, Wayne’s incredible catch has to be recognized. Andrew Luck threw deep right in a pass meant for Wayne that was almost intercepted by Giants defensive back Antrel Rolle. The ball slipped out of the defender’s hands just in time for Wayne to catch it for a touchdown.
The 2006 AFC Championship game in Indianapolis was the victory that secured the Colts’ spot in Super Bowl XLI to play Chicago. In the fourth quarter versus the Patriots, Reggie Wayne caught Peyton Manning’s 14 yard pass that set up Joseph Addai to score the game-winning touchdown.
In the first quarter of Super Bowl XLI, Peyton Manning lobbed a 53 yard ball to a wide open Reggie Wayne, leaving him undefended to walk into the end zone. The Colts defeated the Bears 29-17 for their second Super Bowl win.
Thank you, 87, for 14 great years. We honor you.