Dear Reggie Wayne,
This is a letter to you. I know you wrote one to us. And it was lovely, although that part didn’t surprise, since you have been a class act since day 1.
People talk about the Colts, and often Peyton Manning comes to mind. And that’s understandable, as he brought the franchise to another level, with his outstanding play. He even brought Indianapolis its first (and only) Super Bowl ring.
Or perhaps they think of Andrew Luck. You know, that young quarterback about to start his fourth year in the NFL. For some reason, people think he’s pretty good. Some think that even more rings will be brought to Indianapolis with Andrew Luck under center. And they are probably right.
Myself, I have so many Indianapolis Colts whom I love, all for different reasons. So its hard to pick a favorite. I try to be like how my parents say they are…I don’t pick favorites (yeah, right).
But you, Sir Reggie Wayne, will always stand out to me. People often say that Colts fans are spoiled, as we have gone from having excellent play from Peyton Manning to having excellent play from Andrew Luck. Two gunslingers, in other words.
But there is one important part in those two eras that needs to be addressed. And that part would be you.
You played among the greats, such as Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison. And Sir Wayne, you would need to be included in that list of greats. Many others played a vital role, but Peyton Manning could not have done it without you. You were a favorite target in the Peyton era in Indianapolis for a reason. You made ridiculous catches. Oftentimes, you were airborne, or you caught that ball with one hand. You gave us some truly spectacular plays.
And then there is the Luck era. The Colts were not supposed to be good after almost the entire organization underwent a massive rebuild in 2012. Almost was the key word, as you and a couple of other players from the Peyton era stayed on. No one expected much from you and your teammates that year. Winning four games would have been an accomplishment. But, again, the Colts proved their doubters wrong. Part of that (well, a big part of that) was due to the spectacular play of your teammate, Andrew Luck. But again, Andrew could not have done it without you. Once again, you made those ridiculous catches. Sometimes, you were airborne. Andrew Luck needed a security blanket that first year, and you made one heck of a security blanket for him, with your spectacular play to boot.
You have been invaluable to the organization and to the city of Indianapolis. You have taken young players such as TY Hilton under your wing, and helped mold them into outstanding players and outstanding citizens (although I don’t think that last part was terribly difficult).
And again, your play during the time you were an Indianapolis Colt…I just can’t say enough about the spectacular plays you made! I still get shivers down my spine when I think of that game winning drive your teammate, Andrew Luck, put together to win in the last few minutes of the game again Aaron Rodgers and his Green Bay Packers in 2012 (the fact that my husband is a Packers fan has absolutely nothing to do with my memories of this game. Nothing at all). That is just one of the moments that stands out to me. And who could forget that 53 yard touchdown you caught from Peyton Manning in Super Bowl XLI, which was instrumental in bringing Indianapolis its first (and so far, only) Super Bowl Championship?
Reggie Wayne, your number was chanted for a reason. Number 87 has become associated with excellence. Excellence both on and off the field. There is no other way to put it.
Sir, you may no longer be a Colt. Perhaps you will retire. Or maybe another team will snap you up. Whatever the case may be, the city of Indianapolis and the Colts organization will always be the winners, as they were privileged to have not only a great football player, but also a magnificent human being in their midst for so many years.
So, from the bottom of my heart, I say thank you. It was a privilege to not only have you as a player on my favorite football team, but also as a citizen of Indianapolis for so many years. And I can’t thank you enough for that honor.
Your grateful, humble fans.