Reggie Wayne was signed by Indianapolis in 2001 to compliment sure-fire Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison. Since joining the Indianapolis sports football franchise he has played his role…and a little bit more. That little bit more has consisted of becomeing one of the premier wide receivers in the NFL and building a resume that will some day place him right next to Harrison in Cantons hallowed Halls. During his tenure with the Indianapolis Colts, Reggie has not only become one of the most beloved players in town, but he is now one of the biggest celebrities in Indianapolis.
Quick Hits video at the Pro Bowl with superstar receiver Reggie Wayne
Reggie Wayne was born on November 17, 1978 in New Orleans, Louisiana where it is believed that he skipped learning how to walk and just started running. Reggie was always known as a two sport star athlete growing up. He showed his super glue hands on the football field while his lighting fast feet set the track on fire.
Wayne parlayed these gifts into a full scholarship to the University of Miami where he set several school records that still stand to this day. Reggie Wayne set the Miami Hurricane’s all-time career receptions mark with 147 catches, including 36 straight games with at least one catch. Reggie also set the record for most receptions by a freshman with 48.
Even with his speed and skilled hands, Reggie Wayne slipped to the bottom of the first round during the 2001 NFL draft where the Blue Horseshoes snatched him with the # 30 pick. What was 29 other teams’ loss became Indiana‘s gain, and Hoosiers everywhere started to realize that this was Wayne’s World.
In 2006, Indy‘s best kept secret could be held no longer as Reggie Wayne started gaining recognition as one of the game’s best players. Coming into his own just as Marvin Harrison entered the twilight of his career, Reggie made the transition to Peyton Manning‘s favorite go-to guy.
Some of Reggie’s biggest career accomplishments include being a three time Pro Bowl selection (2006, 2007, 2008), being named an All- Pro receiver (2007) and of course being a part of the Colts Super Bowl XLI championship. The Super Bowl had special meaning to Wayne, not only because he scored the Colts first touchdown of the game, but also that the game was held in Miami where he played his collegiate ball.
Reggie Wayne helped the Colts open their new home, Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis in 2008. He has become so beloved in the Circle City that one of the stadium’s endzone corners has been dubbed Reggie’s Corner. While this is a huge honor that Reggie does not take lightly, the ultimate thank you to Reggie Wayne will come the day that he is placed in the Colts Ring of Honor. Not to bad for a guy drafted as a second receiver, not to bad at all.