Reggie Wayne is one of the best wide receivers in the history of the Indianapolis Colts.
Colts fans have always remembered the Payton Manning-Reggie Wayne connection from 2001 to 2011.
Wayne’s signature fist-pump celebration in the last zone was worth watching.
His return to the Colts as the team’s wide receiver coach is a breath of fresh air.
He also made headlines lately, saying new Colts quarterback Matt Ryan reminded him of his teammate New Orleans Native Manning.
With that in mind, it’s a good time to reminisce about Wayne’s career with horse shoes.
Reggie helped Wayne Colt become a perennial Super Bowl contestant
The Colts selected Wayne as the 30th overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft.
Owen joined the Colts at a time when they were on their way to a perennial division and Super Bowl competition.
The Colts had 345 receiving yards in their rookie year when they won just six games.
His pro football career began soon after.
From 2003 to 2006, Wayne was part of a three-headed monster that included Marvin Harrison and Brandon Stokley.
– Larry Howley (HawleySports) March 6, 2015
Indy has never won less than 12 games in that memorable stretch of franchise history.
For his part, Wayne has strengthened eight seasons together, with at least 1,055 yards from 2004 to 2012.
Not surprisingly, he achieved six pro bowl berths in that time frame.
He also helped the Colts win the Super Bowl XLI over the Chicago Bears on February 4, 2007.
It took 23 long years to nurture the first Super Bowl trophy in the city of Indianapolis.
Owen helped make that moment possible.
Reminiscing about the best moments of Reggie Wayne’s NFL career
Wayne’s touchdown reception from Manning in the Super Bowl XLI was one of the best moments of his professional football career.
Colts head coach Tony Dangi allowed Adam Vinatieri to kick the ball to early kick-off Bears Punt return specialist Devin Hester.
Hester returned the ball to the last zone about 90 yards for a touchdown.
Fortunately, Wayne’s touchdown catch allows Horseshoe to count every 7 after PAT.
His fist-pump celebration made the moment even more memorable.
Wayne’s 212-yard performance against the Green Bay Packers in 2012 is forever etched in Colts’ knowledge.
When I think of Colts / Packers, this game immediately comes to mind.
Reggie Owen with the greatest personal performance I’ve ever seen in a game.
– Kevin Bowen (@ KBowen1070) November 22, 2020
Owen, who wore orange gloves for the game, grabbed the game-winning touchdown from Andrew Luck in the crumbling moment of the fourth quarter.
It closed off a tumultuous comeback from a 21-3 halftime deficit.
Wayne’s heroism served as a memorable tribute to the then Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, who was battling leukemia at the time.
Owen and Pagano went far beyond their days with the Miami Hurricane.
Owen ended his legendary 14-year NFL career with 14,345 receiving yards and 82 touchdowns at 1,070 receptions.
Welcome back to Indy
Wayne Colts has set the bar high for his current crop of wide receivers.
If there’s anyone who can help guys like Michael Pitman, Jr., Alec Pierce, Ashton Dulin and Desmond Patman reach their full potential, it’s Wayne.
It repeats: Wayne is one of the best wide receivers to wear horse shoes.
His inclusion in the 2018 Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor serves as solid evidence.
Colts fans will be waiting for the day when Wayne finally gets that elusive gold jacket and bust at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
This is the icing on the cake.