On Tuesday, the Indianapolis Colts announced that former wide receiver Reggie Wayne will be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor at some point during the 2018 season (the NFL schedule has yet to be announced).
In the team’s press release, owner Jim Irsay had the following to say about Wayne:
“No one is more of a true Colt than Reggie Wayne. He embodies everything about the Horseshoe and is much beloved by Colts fans everywhere. He was also one of the greatest players in NFL history, and chants of ‘REG-GIE, REG-GIE’ will forever echo through our stadium along with memories of many amazing catches and exciting plays. I could not be more proud and honored to induct Reggie Wayne into the Colts Ring of Honor.”
When Wayne was drafted in 2001, he was picked up to be the running mate of Marvin Harrison. It took Wayne a season or two, but he finally got there, and then some. When Harrison’s game began to decline during the mid 2000’s, Wayne’s picked up. The team’s Super Bowl XLI victory was certainly a tipping point. By the time Wayne’s 14-year career with the Colts came to a close following the 2014 season, he was second to Harrison in franchise history in receptions (1,070), receiving yards (14,345) and receiving touchdowns (82), among countless other receiving categories.
Wayne also played an integral part in the development of current Colts stars Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton.
Peyton Manning aside, you could make an argument for Wayne being the consummate Indianapolis Colt of the modern Indianapolis era. His franchise-leading 211 games played certainly left an impression. Not only was he recognized for his excellence locally, but he was even appreciated nationally for his footprint on the NFL landscape.
Wayne ranks 10th in NFL history in receptions and receiving yards, which helped him garner six Pro Bowl nods and three All-Pro selections. He also ranks second in NFL playoff history in receptions (93), fourth in receiving yards (1,254) and is ninth in receiving touchdowns (9) following 21 postseason starts.
Wayne is among the most deserving of the 14 other members of the Colts Ring of Honor. Other members are:
- Owner Robert Irsay
- General manager Bill Polian
- Head coach Tony Dungy
- Head coach Ted Marchibroda
- Quarterback Peyton Manning
- Quarterback Jim Harbaugh
- Running back Edgerrin James
- Running back Marshall Faulk
- Running back Eric Dickerson
- Wide receiver Marvin Harrison
- Wide receiver Bill Brooks
- Center Jeff Saturday
- Offensive lineman Chris Hinton
- “Colts Nation”