As divisional play opens up this weekend for the Indianapolis Colts, wide receiver Reggie Wayne will be facing the Jacksonville Jaguars for the 21st time in his 12-year NFL career.
Wayne holds the club record for the most receptions by a Colts player versus one franchise with 117 against the Jaguars (Wayne also has 117 against the Texans).
He has had some of his finest contests against the Jaguars and he would love to have another in front of a close friend on Sunday.
Former Colts great Edgerrin James will be in Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday as he will become the ninth member to be inducted into the Colts Ring of Honor.
When James talked with the Indianapolis media on Thursday he said he wants to see Wayne’s name right next to his in the Ring of Honor.
Wayne doesn’t want to fast forward in time just yet.
“Tell him don’t be rushing my career,” Wayne joked on Friday. “I’m happy for him. I believe it’s well deserved. He’s excited about it and I’m excited to see it go down.”
With James in attendance, Wayne has a chance to pass his former teammate in career touchdowns as he currently stands one behind him with 74 career scores.
The two’s friendship dates back to their college days at the University of Miami.
During Wayne’s first season in Coral Gables, it was the constant-smiling James who approached him to offer advice.
“He was my first non-freshman to give me a little knowledge, a little tutelage,” Wayne said. “From that day on, we’ve kind of hung around each other.”
The two spent five seasons together in Indianapolis after sharing three together as teammates in Miami.
Former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning called James the ‘best teammate’ he ever had and Wayne couldn’t argue with those words.
“I miss being in the same locker room with (James),” Wayne said. “He brings good spirit from the locker room onto the field. Just seeing him smile always makes you think that it’s not going to be as bad.”
“He’s definitely a major part of this foundation that’s been built when it comes to the Indianapolis Colts. I’m excited for him to be back in the house and hopefully we’ll have a good showing for him.”
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