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Reggie Wayne has become the Colts unquestioned number one option at receiver. He has had the opportunity to learn and develop with future Hall of Fame receiver Marvin Harrison and surpassed him as the Colts unofficial top receiving threat sometime between late 2006 and early 2007. The thing is, that is not a slight to Marvin Harrison at all, as Wayne has become one of the most reliable receivers in the NFL. He led the NFL in receiving yards in 2007 and finished third in the same statistic in 2005. He has also finished in the top five in receptions in the NFL two out of the last three years.
If not for a knee injury in December, which would later get aggravated during practice leading up to the Super Bowl, all signs would indicate the he will continue to rise as a player. Assuming that he will not have further injuries with his knee, there is no reason to believe that he does not have another two or three seasons of league-dominating performances in his career. The threat of getting torched by Wayne played no small part in allowing young receivers Austin Collie and Pierre Garçon develop during the 2009 season, development that helped both young players have extremely productive playoff performances and helped the Colts make it to the Super Bowl for just the second time since the franchise has been in Indianapolis.
Wayne is known as one of Peyton Manning’s primary targets near the end zone, has earned a reputation as one of the league’s most talented route-runners, and one of the most difficult receivers to defend in the NFL. He is also one of the team’s most vocal leaders and typically enters each training camp with a theme for the coming season. True to form, in 2009 Wayne arrived at training camp in a dump truck with a hard hat declaring Super Bowl under construction. When asked by the media what job he had for Wayne Construction, Wayne explained that he would probably be considered a janitor. His work ethic, diligent training in Miami each year, and uncanny relationship with Manning make him a force to be reckoned and a name to be feared every Sunday.