Reggie Wayne can add one more keepsake from his time in Indianapolis.
The longtime Indianapolis Colts wide receiver, who wasn’t re-signed this offseason, will receive a key to the city from Mayor Greg Ballard during July 17’s Indiana University Pacers Sports and Entertainment luncheon, according to the Associated Press.
The announcement was made while Wayne, 36, was in town for the recent Indiana Black Expo.
A 14-year fan favorite who was originally drafted in the first round in 2001, Wayne had hoped to return to the Colts for a final season after being limited by injuries the past two years. The Colts decided it was time to move on.
Ballard called Wayne “a role model” and said he deserves the honor for what the player has given back to his NFL community.
“Reggie has given back to our community on and off the field, and I am thrilled to present the key to the city," Ballard said.
A "Thank You, Reggie" exhibit will be featured at the Cultural Arts Pavilion July 17-19 and Wayne will be signing autographs during the weekend celebration.
The six-time Pro Bowl star and Super Bowl XLI champion won more games than any player in Colts history (143) and broke Peyton Manning’s franchise record for most games played (211).
He finished his Colts career with 1,070 receptions for 14,345 yards and 82 TDs. Wayne ranks seventh in NFL history with 1,070 receptions, eighth with 14,345 yards and 22nd with 82 touchdowns. He trails only Marvin Harrison in each category in the franchise record books.
Wayne is just the ninth player in NFL history to surpass 14,000 receiving yards.
He still hopes to add to that total with another team. Wayne has said he would like to play one or two more seasons elsewhere in the right situation.
He remains unsigned because he underwent offseason surgery to repair a torn triceps and is currently rehabilitating from that procedure. Interested teams will obviously want him to work out to prove he’s ready to return.
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