Colts all-time great Reggie Wayne returned to Indianapolis in 2018 to be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor.
Wayne made a second trip to Indy last March for a longer stay. He was named the Colts’ receivers coach at that time, one of six new assistants who will work with head coach Frank Reich to get the Colts back into the playoffs.
“I think Reggie will bring a lot to, not only the individual receivers playing the position,” Reich says, “but also that championship mentality that we want going forward.”
When Wayne announced his retirement in 2016, he was a six-time Pro Bowler as well as the Colts all-time postseason leader in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. He earned a Super Bowl XLI ring and has the distinction over a 14-year career of having played more games (211) than any player in Colts history.
Wayne is looking forward to his new responsibilities after having spent most of his retirement on his boat and watching over his young family in Florida.
“When you’re coming from Miami Beach to Indy,” the 43-year-old Wayne recently told The Athletic, “it’s a little different, I’ll leave it at that. There have been times since I arrived here when I haven’t seen any sun. Now that the players are in the facility, I want to make sure I know as much as possible.”
Colts’ general manager Chris Ballard has no concerns about the size of the contribution that Wayne will bring to the franchise.
“Reggie’s been great since he got here,” Ballard says. “He’s going to be a good coach. Frank (Reich) will tell you we’ve been on this with Reggie for a few years now and finally, the time was right for Reg. He’s attacking it the same way he did as a player. He’s diligent, thorough and he’s going to be great for that young receivers room.”
We at NFL Alumni are pleased that another alum has returned to the league to contribute to the success of his former team. We need more former players such as Reggie Wayne to get their chance up the NFL coaching ladder.