Rebuilding a team can take more than a season. But when it comes to the Indianapolis Colts, under the command of general manager Chris Ballard, the rebuild is almost complete.
During the rebuilding process, Ballard’s focus was to make over this team and gather young weapons to make a postseason run. Perhaps we saw a preview last season when the Colts caught fire after a slow 1-5 start that eventually led them to a surprising postseason run.
Ballard started this process with his second-round picks. Particularly, of course, we all know the story of linebacker Darius Leonard, a player that Ballard drafted in 2018. Some questioned the pick. But he now leads as one of the Top NFL Players 25-and-younger brigade along with Colts’ guard Quenton Nelson. And don’t forget, he was named Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2018.
News had traveled fast regarding the release of Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne. And at that time, I had so many emotions. Knowing that he wanted to play for at least one more year, but didn’t want to see him play against us.
Something was just not right about this. Then, when the news broke that Reggie has signed on with the New England Patriots, more mixed emotions came upon me.
This was not right. I was happy when he didn’t continue with the Patriots, but something still didn’t feel right. Colts Nation could never get that last chance to chant his name in “Reggie’s Corner.”
Let’s start with a little background. October 29, 2006 was my NFL epiphany.
On that day the Indianapolis Colts visited the Denver Broncos in week eight of their historic Super Bowl winning season. This is also the day that I fell in love with football and decided to become a Colts fan.
I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado but never felt that I belonged to the Broncos fandom, partially because my father is a die-hard Buffalo Bills fan and a bonafide Bronco hater. I never really knew which team to follow until that October day when I watched Peyton Manning rocket 345 yards and three touchdowns.
Earlier today, the Indianapolis Colts announced they would add wide receiver Reggie Wayne to their Ring of Honor inside Lucas Oil Stadium.
Wayne, a 14-year veteran who played his entire career in Indianapolis, is one of the most beloved players in Colts history. He played all 16 games in 11 of his 14 years, and only missing 1 game in 2014. He had 14,345 receiving yards and 82 touchdowns throughout his career. Wayne’s 14 seasons is tied for the most consecutively in Colts history.