Reggie Wayne

Wayne honored

Wide receiver Reggie Wayne has been named this year’s Colts recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award.

The award is an annual recognition for courageous play by an individual. Wayne is one of 32 NFL players cited for the award. The players of each member club nominate an individual annually and those chosen are honored at a banquet.

The 29th annual Ed Block Courage Award dinner is scheduled during March in Baltimore, Md. Proceeds from the affair benefit the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation in Baltimore.

The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation’s goal is to establish homes for abused children in each NFL city. Indianapolis established an Ed Block Courage home (Children’s Bureau) in October 2000. The home is part of a national support network for abused children. Atlanta, Baltimore, Buffalo, Chicago, Carolina, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Miami, New York (Giants), Oakland, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Seattle have already established homes.


Aloha, Reggie

Reggie Wayne was driving to an autograph signing in Carmel when his cellular phone rang. The call was from the Indianapolis Colts' Westside complex.

He had made the Pro Bowl for the first time.

Before that could sink in, a buddy from Arizona text-messaged him. Former teammate Edgerrin James typed, "Did you get in?"
"Then my phone started going haywire," the receiver said.

The autograph signing took more than two hours. He met with fans and scribbled his signature with the No. 87 on helmets, jerseys, posters, cards, programs. He didn't have time to return any calls.

Reggie Wayne finally makes the Pro Bowl

INDIANAPOLIS - Reggie Wayne may always get overlooked playing next to Marvin Harrison. At least now, he knows he's part of the Pro Bowl club.

Wayne, Harrison and two-time MVP Peyton Manning were among five Indianapolis Colts named to the AFC squad Tuesday, four fewer than conference-leading San Diego and two fewer than the NFC's best team, Chicago. The Bears and Chargers are both 12-2.

The Colts thought Wayne had Pro Bowl-worthy stats each of the last two years, though he was bypassed in the voting by coaches, players and fans.

This time, they were pleasantly surprised.

"I really didn't think he would make it, not that he didn't deserve it," Colts coach Tony Dungy said. "But it's a tough perception to overcome, that your No. 2 receiver is better than 28 other receivers in the league."


If Reggie Wayne doesn’t make the Pro Bowl this season, it won’t be because of a lack of big plays.
And it won’t be because he didn’t perform in high-profile games.

Wayne, the Colts’ sixth-year wide receiver, has been a 1,000-yard receiver each of the last two seasons and in 2004, he caught 12 touchdown passes. But each year, he largely has been overlooked in post-season awards, and despite being one of the league’s top receivers, he has not made the Pro Bowl.

But this season, Wayne has consistently been among the AFC’s leaders in yardage and receptions, and on Sunday night – in the Colts’ nationally-televised victory over the Eagles – he made what may have been the most spectacular catch of his career.

Midway through the first quarter, Colts
quarterback Peyton Manning – who has said each of the past two seasons he believed Wayne should make the Pro Bowl – threw deep to Wayne down the left sideline.

Wayne caught the ball with his left hand and stayed in bounds, dragging his foot on a play that was unsuccessfully challenged by Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid.

In the second half, Wayne’s 11-yard touchdown pass from Manning gave the Colts a 31-7 lead.


Reggie Wayne no longer overlooked - Colts have another top receiver

Reggie Wayne might be a Pro Bowl receiver in any other offense. At Indianapolis, however, he has long been the overlooked man.

With a record-setting quarterback and another record-setting receiver drawing the primary focus of defenses, Wayne has crafted his skills and his temperament to fit the Colts needs. Rather than whine or lobby, he's learned how to get open, produce big numbers and score.

If others notice Marvin Harrison before they notice him, it doesn't bother Wayne.

"I'm the silent assassin," he said. "Really, I don't need all that because I learned from one of the best in Marvin."

Wayne taking game to next level

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Reggie Wayne might be a Pro Bowl receiver in any other offence. At Indianapolis, however, he has long been the overlooked man.

With a record-setting quarterback and another record-setting receiver drawing the primary focus of defences, Wayne has crafted his skills and his temperament to fit the Colts needs. Rather than whine or lobby, he's learned how to get open, produce big numbers and score.

If others notice Marvin Harrison before they notice him, it doesn't bother Wayne.

"I'm the silent assassin," he said. "Really, I don't need all that because I learned from one of the best myself in Marvin."

Wayne making Colts contract decision look brilliant

It defied conventional thinking, but then again, that goes away when it comes to the Indianapolis Colts offense. And that might actually be one of the secrets of its success.

When Colts general manager Bill Polian made receiver Reggie Wayne the top priority in free-agency last spring, signing him to a six-year $39.5 million contract, it meant that star runner Edgerrin James would leave via free-agency. That wasn't conventional thinking, and it led to plenty of questions and loads of second-guessing.

How can a receiver be more important than a guy who had rushed for 1,500 yards in two successive seasons?

Wayne’s wisdom - Team egos are held in check, but performance Sunday was ‘special’

DENVER – Reggie Wayne’s description of the latest Indianapolis Colts win seems, on face value, hard to buy.

“It was another day in the office,” Wayne said. “Nothing special.”

Wayne, wearing a stylish cream-colored suit with three touchdown catches and a two-point conversion in his back pocket, kept a straight face. He wasn’t joking. And here’s the kicker, if we’re honest about it: He’s partially right.

The Colts’ 34-31 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday at Invesco Field was, in many ways, just another day at the office.

Wayne's world

Newest nickname for the Broncos' defense: the Crash-and-Burned Unit.

The Broncos, who had allowed two touchdowns in their first six games, allowed three Sunday afternoon at Invesco Field at Mile High. Hey, stuff happens when you play the Indianapolis Colts.

The Colts walked off the field with a 34-31 victory that stamped them as the team to beat in the American Conference. Indianapolis is the first team since the 1929-31 Green Bay Packers to open back-to-back seasons with seven consecutive wins.

W, as in Wayne - Receiver catches 3 2nd-half touchdowns

DENVER -- A Denver defense that had yielded 44 points to its first six opponents gave up 34 Sunday. A Denver defense that hadn't given up a touchdown in 14 quarters at Invesco Field at Mile High gave up three during the second half Sunday.

Reggie Wayne scored all of them. He was in his element.

"It's like a playoff atmosphere," Wayne bubbled after the Indianapolis Colts' 34-31 victory over the Denver Broncos. "You know it's going to be a hostile crowd. You've gotta love playing here, the 75,000 go to cheering and the stadium goes to shaking and it gives you goose bumps.

"Those are the times you want to step up and make plays. My number was called today."

Who's hot: Reggie Wayne

College: Miami.

Experience: Sixth year with Colts; first-round draft pick in 2001, 30th overall selection.

Money man
: Signed six-year, $39 million contract in March that included a $12.5 million signing bonus.

The skinny
: He's "the other" Colts receiver, Marvin Harrison's sidekick. . . . In '05, became first player other than Harrison to lead the team in receptions (83, one more than Harrison) since '98 (Marshall Faulk). . . . Has increased his receptions total every season -- 27 as a rookie, followed by 49, 68, 77 and 83. . . . Second to Harrison after six games this season with 28 receptions for 504 yards and two TDs. . . . Has had at least three receptions in all six games, has eclipsed the 100-yard mark twice and is averaging a career-best 18.0 yards per catch. . . . Might have the best hands on the team and arguably is the team's best after-the-catch receiver.

Reggie on Reggie
: "I'm a silent assassin. That's what I do. I'm just out there playing my game. Nothing extra. Nothing special. Just whenever the ball's thrown to me, catch it and try to get as many yards as I possibly can. I just want to be consistent with it. That's my whole thing."


Colts share Wayne's grief - Ex-teammates also on hand at funeral of receiver's broth

On a warm, sunny Tuesday morning, a contingent of teammates past and present gathered to support Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne and his family in the mourning of his older brother, Rashad Anthony Wayne.

Wayne's second family came to the small, beige brick Morning Star Baptist Church in Marrero, just off the West Bank Expressway, in a show of unity for one of their own.

The Colts brought a small group of people, including quarterback Peyton Manning, Coach Tony Dungy and President Bill Polian. Wayne's former teammates -- Arizona Cardinals running back Edgerrin James and Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed of Destrehan, who played with him at the University of Miami -- also showed, as did a group of his former high school teammates from nearby John Ehret.

Colts group going to Wayne brother funeral

INDIANAPOLIS -- Coach Tony Dungy said the Indianapolis Colts plan to send a small group to Tuesday's funeral of wide receiver Reggie Wayne's brother.

Among those expected to attend are quarterback
Peyton Manning, Wayne's fellow receivers, Dungy and a few others.

Dungy said other players might make their own arrangements to attend the funeral in Louisiana.

Colts' Wayne starting, other key players out vs. Jets

INDIANAPOLIS — Wide receiver Reggie Wayne will be in the starting lineup when the Indianapolis Colts play the New York Jets today at the Meadowlands, but several other key players will be sitting out.

Wayne returned to practice Thursday after missing workouts Monday and Wednesday in order to tend to family matters in Louisiana concerning the death of his older brother Rashad. Reggie Wayne took part in the Colts' final three workouts of the week, including Saturday's walkthough session.

Colts get Wayne back, should play Sunday

NDIANAPOLIS - Receiver Reggie Wayne rejoined the Indianapolis Colts for practice Thursday and is expected to play Sunday against the New York Jets. Wayne flew to Louisiana on Sunday night after learning his 32-year-old brother, Rashad, was killed in a traffic accident.

Although Reggie Wayne did not speak with reporters on Thursday, coach Tony Dungy said he anticipated the 27-year-old receiver would play this week as the Colts (3-0) try to remain unbeaten.

"That's what we're planning, so I would think so," Dungy said after practice. "But it is good to see him back."

Wayne to practice Thursday, could play vs. Jets

INDIANAPOLIS -- Colts receiver Reggie Wayne is expected to return to Indianapolis on Thursday and could be available to play Sunday against the New York Jets.

Wayne left town Sunday night after finding out his older brother, Rashad, was killed in a traffic accident that day in Kenner, La. Reggie Wayne has been in Louisiana all week to help the family make funeral arrangements.

"The last conversation I had with him, he said he'd be back in Indianapolis sometime tomorrow," coach Tony Dungy said Wednesday. "Right now, I think he will play."

Colts support grieving Wayne

An important AFC South win over Jacksonville and a pending road test with the New York Jets were secondary to the Indianapolis Colts on Monday.

Instead the team's focus was on rallying around wide receiver Reggie Wayne, whose older brother was killed in a traffic accident Sunday morning near Kenner, La. Rashad Wayne, 32, suffered a severe head injury and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The team made arrangements Sunday evening for Reggie Wayne and his mother to return to their home in New Orleans. Funeral arrangements haven't been announced and it's uncertain when Wayne will return to the team.

Colts rally around Wayne after tragedy

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis' victory celebration turned somber Monday.

The usually boisterous locker room noise was replaced by emotional, thoughtful reflection as Colts players offered support to their grieving receiver,
Reggie Wayne.

Wayne's older brother, Rashad, was killed in an automobile accident Sunday -- something Colts players didn't learn until well after Sunday's game ended. After hearing the news, Wayne flew back to his home state of Louisiana so he could help the family make funeral arrangements.

Brother of Colts receiver Wayne killed in truck crash

KENNER, La. -- The brother of Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne was killed Sunday when the delivery truck he was driving crashed into a highway guardrail.

Rashad Wayne was pronounced dead at the scene, said James Gallagher, a spokesman for the Kenner Police Department.

Wayne Hopes Slightly Lighter Means Being Slightly Better Again

Reggie Wayne wants to get better. Every season.
To Wayne, a wide receiver for the Colts, that may mean getting one more reception, one more yard, or one more touchdown than the season before.