Reggie Wayne

Relaxed Reggie expects more after Pro Bowl, championship season

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) -- Receiver Reggie Wayne could have come to training camp bragging about his first Pro Bowl trip or flashing that brand new Super Bowl ring.

Instead, he showed up ready to hunt.

Wayne, now in his seventh season with the Indianapolis Colts, even dressed the part, wearing a camouflage outfit and mask to symbolize the increased expectations he has for 2007.

"I could be 10 times better," he said. "There's always something in there that gets you to work on your game, and I'm always looking for a glitch that I can improve on."

Wayne’s message: Colts are still hunting for title

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Reggie Wayne came to training camp Sunday ready to hunt down another Super Bowl title.

Wearing camouflage gear from head to toe and dropping his mask barely long enough to answer a few questions, the Colts’ Pro Bowl receiver had a message for his teammates: Don’t settle for being the NFL’s target.

"They’re coming after us, so you’ve got to get ready, get after them and be prepared," he explained. "It comes with the territory."

In years past, Wayne’s stylish entrances have been more about comic relief.

He once rode to camp with Edgerrin James in a taxicab, joined James’ bus caravan of school children another year, and last July arrived at camp wearing James’ new Arizona Cardinals jersey to honor the Colts’ career rushing leader who left as a free agent.

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Wayne shakes off rust, works toward another big year

They're invisible to the naked eye, but Reggie Wayne insists flecks of iron oxide fall off his body as he runs routes and snares passes from Peyton Manning.

That would be rust, which has accumulated over the months since the Indianapolis Colts' Super Bowl victory over the Chicago Bears.

"You come in kind of rusty, so you want to bang some of the rust off,'' Wayne said during a break between Saturday's two minicamp workouts. "It's just polishing up, starting to get that engine running.''

Wayne is coming off the best season of his career: 86 receptions, 1,310 yards, nine touchdowns. It earned him his first Pro Bowl selection. The task at hand is getting better.

"Got to,'' Wayne said. "Always got to get better.''

Wayne cancels appearance

A death in the family prompted Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne to cancel his two-day stint as host of the "Best Damn Sports Show Period," a Fox Sports spokesman said.

Wayne was supposed to host the sports entertainment show Tuesday and Wednesday nights but changed his plans at the last minute, the spokesman said.

It was not known who died in Wayne's family. A Colts spokesman said the team was unaware of the situation.

The 2007 Pro Bowl star was scheduled to appear Tuesday with teammates Dwight Freeney and Bob Sanders. The show spokesman said it was not known if Wayne would reschedule to host at another time.


Wayne helps AFC gain win - Colts WR totals 6 catches, including 72-yard TD

A handful of Indianapolis Colts completed an NFL double Saturday at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

Six days after leading the Colts to a victory over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI, quarterback Peyton Manning, wide receiver Reggie Wayne and three of their teammates were part of the AFC's 31-28 triumph over the NFC in the 37th Pro Bowl. The AFC won for the fifth time in seven years and took a 19-18 lead in the series when San Diego place-kicker Nate Kaeding drilled a 21-yard field goal as time expired.

Manning, the Most Valuable Player in the Super Bowl and appearing in his seventh Pro Bowl, completed 5-of-12 passes for 67 yards while directing the first two series. Wayne, in his first Pro Bowl, led the AFC with six receptions and 137 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown from Cincinnati quarterback Carson Palmer. Palmer was named the game's Most Outstanding Player after completing 8-of-17 passes for 190 yards and touchdowns to Wayne and Bengals teammate Chad Johnson (42 yards).

Wayne gives N.O. reason to cheer

MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. -- The most important play in Super Bowl XLI on Sunday night, the biggest moment of Reggie Wayne's life, was almost too easy to believe.

With the Indianapolis Colts trailing 7-0 and facing a third-and-10 from their 47-yard line against the Chicago Bears, Wayne broke into the clear deep downfield with no defenders in sight, and quarterback Peyton Manning connected for a 53-yard touchdown.

The Bears' coverage broke down -- cornerback Charles Tillman allowed Wayne to run past him, and no safeties came over to pick him up. The play swung the early momentum away from Chicago, and the Colts eventually won 29-17.

Hester has fan in Colts WR Wayne

MIAMI – For the time being anyway, Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne is a big fan of Bears rookie return specialist Devin Hester. Hester set an NFL record this season with six returns (three punts, one missed field goal and two kickoffs) going for touchdowns.

Wayne and Hester played football at the University of Miami, which plays a large part in his level of admiration.

“He’s from the ‘U,’ so I don’t expect anything else. He was doing that in college. All you have to do is give a guy confidence to return one in the NFL and once you do it one time, you’re always going to do it,” the Colts receiver said. “Whenever you come from the University of Miami, I don’t expect you to do anything but make plays.”

A brother gone still the brother Wayne needs

INDIANAPOLIS — Reggie Wayne stares blankly into his locker.

He is visiting with his brother again. It happens a lot these days, since that cold September night when he first heard he had lost Rashad in a traffic accident.

The Indianapolis receiver stares at the photo held in place by a Colts horseshoe, the one of Rashad looking confident in dark glasses, posing next to his dilapidated teal Ford Mustang. Sometimes, it makes Wayne laugh to remember his brother's fascination with those jalopies.

Not today, though. Today he is lost in prayer as he stares at the picture, the one he decided would always be with him, since the day he and his oldest brother cleaned out Rashad's apartment in New Orleans.

"Every morning, every time before I go to bed, at halftime, I talk to him," Wayne says later.

Indy's Wayne still brother's keeper

MIAMI - All week long, Reggie Wayne has met the Super Bowl media with open arms while teammates such as Marvin Harrison have squirmed under the spotlight.

Wayne, a former University of Miami standout, will answer just about any question that comes his way.

However, there is one topic he wishes would be off-limits - the death of his brother Rashad.

The Colts wide receiver has tried his best to deflect questions about his older brother, who died at 32 when the delivery truck he was driving smashed into a highway guardrail in Louisiana last Sept. 24.

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Overheard at Colts Media Day:

This week the Bears are practicing at UM and the Colts are using the Dolphins’ facility in Davie.

Colts wideout Reggie Wayne, a former UM star, is a little jealous.

“Yeah, that hurt me a little bit,” he said Tuesday. “I wish I could have gone back and got my old locker. That’d probably give me a little extra enthusiasm in practice.”


Colts' Wayne still feels loss of brother

INDIANAPOLIS — In the aftermath of his older brother's death Sept. 24, Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne knew there was one person close to him who truly would understand his emotional turmoil.

Indianapolis coach Tony Dungy was just nine months removed from his son James' suicide.

"Obviously, he experienced a lot that I experienced," said Wayne last week as the Colts prepared for the Super Bowl.

"You are at a situation in your life when you are at the lowest point and just to hear from somebody that has actually been through it, it helps you out a lot," Wayne said. "Coach Dungy is a strong man, a strong soul, so he knows exactly what's going on. Just him giving me some advice was huge for me."

Colts' Wayne draws inspiration from his deceased brother

INDIANAPOLIS The reaction began modestly enough.

Last week's Heat-Pacers basketball game was heading into the fourth quarter at Conseco Fieldhouse when the in-house cameras caught Reggie Wayne sitting courtside.

A few cheers went up, and then, as the public-address announcer informed the crowd it was indeed in the presence of the Colts' Pro Bowl receiver, the volume started to build.

Wayne gave a small wave. More cheers and chants of "Re-ggie," the way they used to salute former Pacers great Reggie Miller.

The football star broke out laughing, embarrassed by the attention. Louder cheers. Another wave.

FBN Super Bowl Wayne

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -First stop for Reggie Wayne is the Super Bowl. Next week it's the Pro Bowl with four of his Indianapolis Colts teammates.

If only his older brother, Rashad, could share these moments with him.

``A lot of my success today has come through him. I think about him all the time,'' Wayne said.

Last Sept. 24, Rashad Wayne's delivery truck hit a guardrail near New Orleans, where he lived. The 32-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

Colts' Wayne his brother's keeper

At the RCA Dome, under a din of noise, hidden beneath the swirl and electricity of the AFC Championship Game, Wayne took a quiet moment to himself.

He was talking to his brother, Rashad.

They were close as kids, Reggie tagging along with Rashad, who was everything Reggie wanted to be.

That's the way it is with older brothers. You revere them and envy them. You copy them, and hope and wait for words of approval that mean so much more from them. You dream of being like them but most of all, you love them.

Rashad, 32, was killed in a traffic accident Sept. 24.

Still with him - Wayne carries reminders of deceased brother

There are two pictures on the wall of Reggie Wayne's locker at the Indianapolis Colts' practice facility.

There's one inside a horseshoe-shaped frame. It's a photo of Rashad, his 32-year-old brother, who died in September when a delivery truck he was driving crashed into a highway guardrail in Kenner, La.

There's another picture. Rashad's prized Mustang. One of a number of his brother's "hoopties" -- that is, tricked-out rides.

"He had so many (pictures), me and my brother were cleaning out his apartment, I just reached in there and the first one I grabbed, that was going to be the one," Wayne said Thursday as the Colts prepared for Super Bowl XLI against the Chicago Bears in Miami. "I have a whole other shrine at my house. So many pictures of him, IDs, stuff like that.''

Rolle sees Wayne stepping up game

INDIANAPOLIS // As they walked off the field at M&T Bank Stadium in last year's season opener, Ravens cornerback Samari Rolle and Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne greeted each other with the respect that carried over from their college days at rival schools.

Rolle, who played at Florida State, had seen Wayne, who played at Miami, come into his own while still in the shadow of Colts star Marvin Harrison.

"The crazy part is he has gotten much better. Last year when we played them, I told him that after the game," Rolle said earlier this week. "He's turned into a great all-around receiver. Every year he just gets better and better."

Some of Wayne's fans may surprise you

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- There is a lot of love for Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne in the Baltimore Ravens' locker room.

Safety Ed Reed, like Wayne, is from Louisiana and played at the University of Miami. Cornerback Samari Rolle, who is from Miami Beach and played at Florida State, persuaded his secondary to cast Pro Bowl votes for Wayne the past two years. Wayne, in his sixth NFL season, was selected to the all-star event for the first time last month.

Reed, who considers Wayne "a brother way past football" and works out with him in the offseason, took a shot at Colts record-setting receiver Marvin Harrison in assessing why it has taken his buddy this long to get a Pro Bowl nod.

"Reggie, on any other team in the league, would be that guy," Reed said. "And he's really the guy over there, it's just that under the circumstances, with records and stats mattering to certain people, he don't get the looks."

By unofficial count, Peyton Manning threw 150 passes to Harrison and 137 to Wayne in the regular season. Harrison led the Colts with 95 catches for 1,366 yards and 12 scores. Wayne caught 86 passes for 1,310 yards and nine scores. Wayne's catch total has increased in each of his NFL seasons.
Rolle, who will cover Wayne on Saturday, saw him twice a season while with Indianapolis' AFC South rival Tennessee from 2001 to 2004 and again in a Ravens home loss to begin the 2005 season.

"He has been overshadowed for too long," Rolle said. "Last year, we voted for him and were surprised he didn't get in. I'm just happy for him that he's getting his credit. We voted for him again this year."