Behind every great quarterback is a great receiver.
Retired NFL legend Peyton Manning was fortunate enough to have two all-time great receivers, Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne. Harrison, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, was inducted into the Indianapolis Colts’ Ring of Honor in 2011. It’s a shrine reserved for the greatest players to ever put on a Colt uniform.
It was only a matter of time before Wayne’s time came as well.
A bevy of Colts stood out during the Manning era—most notably, Harrison, Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis and Jeff Saturday. The spot behind Freeney belongs to Wayne, a six-time Pro Bowler who took up the mantle after Harrison retired.
As a lifelong member of the Colts, he finished his career with 1,070 receptions for 14,345 yards and 82 touchdowns. Sure, he flirted with the idea of playing with the New England Patriots when he signed with the team in 2015, but he requested and was granted his release before the season started. The Colts are the only team the legendary wideout has ever suited up for.
Owner Jim Irsay and the team are planning a ceremony during the 2018 season to induct him into the Colts’ Ring of Honor.
“No one is more of a true Colt than Reggie Wayne,” Irsay said in a statement. “He embodies everything about the Horseshoe and is much beloved by Colts fans everywhere. He is 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.”
Wayne is currently ranked 10th in all-time receptions and receiving yards.
He was never the biggest or strongest receiver on the field, despite projecting outside as one of Manning’s favorite deep threats. As Harrison did before him, Wayne won his battles with technique and finesse through mastery of his craft.
What he lacked in size he made up for in heart—an unseen intangible few will ever measure up to.