Indianapolis Colts: 15 greatest receivers in franchise history
- Super Bowl XLI Champion
- First-Team All-Pro (2010)
- 6x Pro Bowl (2006-10, 2012)
- 2007 NFL leader in receiving yards (1,510)
- Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor
Reggie Wayne is only a few years removed from last playing for the Colts. Though he won’t be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame until 2020, let’s just say that Wayne is a lock to achieve Canton enshrinement within these next few years.
Saying he’s a certain first-ballot hall of famer is a bit much, given how rarely do wide receivers of the modern era get in on the minimum number of years. While he’s not Randy Moss or Jerry Rice, Wayne was absolutely sensational in his 14 seasons playing in Indianapolis for the Colts.
Wayne was All-Big East playing for the Miami Hurricanes in college. He was a late first-round pick by the Colts in the 2001 NFL Draft. Though seen as a luxury item at receiver with Marvin Harrison already starring on the team, Wayne was so much more than that with the Colts. He made six career trips to the Pro Bowl, beginning in 2006.
Wayne would be part of the Super Bowl XLI Championship team over the Chicago Bears at the end of the 2006 NFL season. From 2004 to 2012, Wayne went over 1,000 receiving yards in a season eight times. The lone exception came in 2011 when he came up 40 shorts of that mark with 960. Keep in mind this was the year in between Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck at quarterback for the Colts.
In 2007, Wayne led the NFL in receiving yards with a staggering 1,510. He would also lead the league in yards per touch with 14.4. He did the same thing with 12.2 yards per touch in what was his finest NFL season in 2010.
That year saw Wayne make the Pro Bowl for the fifth year in a row, earning his only First-Team All-Pro nod. He had 111 catches for 1,355 yards and six touchdowns. Wayne would also be part of the 2009 AFC Championship team in Indianapolis. However, the Colts came up one game short of a second Lombardi Trophy in four seasons, as the fell to Drew Brees’ New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl XLIV.
Wayne made his sixth and final Pro Bowl in 2012, as he had 106 catches for 1,355 yards for five touchdowns. This was Luck’s first year with the Colts. As Harrison did with him, Wayne helped usher in another perennial Pro Bowl wideout in Indianapolis upon T.Y. Hilton’s arrival in 2012.
Overall, Wayne retired after the 2014 NFL season at age 36 as one of the greatest Colts of all-time. He never played for another NFL franchise. His 1,070 career receptions for 14,345 yards and 80 touchdowns will stand the test of time. Just last season saw Wayne be inducted into the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor. He’ll be in Canton in no time at all.