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Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 26, 2012 – 7:27 pm

The relationship between Reggie Wayne and Chuck Pagano has been well documented.

Wayne has said numerous times that Pagano played a critical role in the Pro Bowl receiver returning to Indianapolis this past offseason.

The friendship of the two dates back to Wayne’s days at the University of Miami and the Colts 12-year veteran was gleaming upon seeing his head coach return to the complex earlier this week.

“It means we got our chief in command back, we’ve got our guy back. He helped start this foundation, he is the builder,” Wayne said of Pagano.

“I was joking with him earlier, I said ‘Man, I’m glad to see you getting your weight back.’ I’m just glad to see him back here smiling. We knew he was going to make it his business to get back here as soon as he can. Just to have that fall into play, I think everybody on this team, everybody in this organization, everybody in this room (Monday) was excited to see him.”

Following the team meeting on Monday, Wayne and several Colts players found themselves in the back of the pavilion area at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center listening to their head coach address the media.

With Pagano’s voice being heard over the practice field on Wednesday afternoon, the countdown has begun for the return to the sideline on Sunday.

Thanks to a 9-3 stretch during Pagano’s absence, the Colts have assured their head coach of at least two more games.

“We’ve been saying it ‘Let’s do it for Chuck, let’s win for Chuck, let’s win for him.’ We wanted to get that accomplished and everything we set out, we slowly but surely got it done,” Wayne said.

“We wanted to extend the season, we’ve got that accomplished. We wanted to make sure we could win (Sunday) no matter what it took so that when he got here and could have his press conference, he’s not worrying about all the must things we have to do against Houston to get in the playoffs for the following game.”

There are no playoff implications in terms of seeding on the line this weekend for the Colts.

They are slotted into the five-seed in the AFC and know that they will be on the road for the Wild Card round on either Jan. 5/6.

Chuck is back and now it’s time to add a few more chapters to this storybook season.

“There’s always a purpose. You’re not out there just to play,” Wayne said of Sunday’s season finale. “You’re out there to get that goal that you set out at the beginning of the year. Hopefully we can just continue to play like we’ve been doing and keep working on that common goal and that’s to lift that trophy.”

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 7:07 pm

Wide receiver Reggie Wayne is heading back to the Pro Bowl. For the sixth time in 12 years, Wayne has been named to the AFC’s roster. Wayne’s 102 catches ranks second in the AFC and his 1,315 receiving yards places him third in the conference.

Outside linebacker Robert Mathis has overcome injuries and adjusted to his new position just fine in making his fifth career Pro Bowl. Mathis has eight sacks in 11 games this season while recording his first career interception.

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Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 7:05 pm

The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis and wide receiver Reggie Wayne have been selected to the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl. This marks the fifth and sixth time Mathis and Wayne have been selected to the game, respectively. The 2013 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 27, 2013, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

In 11 games (all starts) this season, Mathis has recorded 45 tackles (27 solo), eight sacks, one interception and one forced fumble. He tied a career high this year with a sack in eight consecutive games dating back to last season. In Week 13 at Detroit, he recorded his first career interception when he picked off Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.

This year marks Mathis’ fifth consecutive Pro Bowl selection, which is tied for the seventh-longest streak in team history. For his career, Mathis has appeared in 146 games (82 starts), tallying 484 tackles (361 solo), 91.5 sacks, 40 forced fumbles, 17 passes defensed and 14 forced fumbles. His sack total currently ranks second in franchise history behind Dwight Freeney (106.5) and 38th in NFL history. Since 2002, Mathis’ 40 forced fumbles rank second in the NFL behind Freeney (44).

Wayne has appeared in all 15 games this season (14 starts), recording 102 receptions for 1,315 yards and five touchdowns. He ranks second in the AFC in receptions this season and third in receiving yards. Last week at Kansas City, Wayne recorded his fourth season with 100-or-more receptions, which ranks tied for second in NFL history. He also became the third active player and 14th in NFL history to reach the 13,000-yard milestone in the game. In Week 14 against Tennessee, he notched his sixth 1,200-yard season, tying him with Torry Holt and Marvin Harrison for the third-most seasons all-time.

Wayne set an NFL record in Week 12 against Buffalo by catching three-or-more passes in his 59th straight game. The streak now sits at 63 consecutive games. In Week 5 against Green Bay, Wayne posted one of his best performances of his career with 13 receptions for a career-high 212 yards and a touchdown. The 212-yard total was the second-highest single-game output in franchise history and moved Wayne past former Colts running back Edgerrin James for second place on the franchise’s all-time scrimmage yards list.

This marks the sixth time Wayne has been selected to the Pro Bowl (2006-10, 2012). For his career, Wayne has appeared in 188 games (174 starts), catching 964 passes for 13,023 yards and 78 touchdowns. He currently ranks 10th in NFL history in receptions, 14th in receiving yards and 24th in receiving touchdowns. Each of those totals rank second in franchise history behind Marvin Harrison.

11, DE-Gino Marchetti, 1954-64
11, QB-Peyton Manning, 1999-2000, 02-10
10, QB-John Unitas, 1957-64, 66-67
8, OG/T-Jim Parker, 1958-65
8, WR-Marvin Harrison, 1999-2006
7, RB-Lenny Moore, 1956, 58-62, 64
7, DE-Dwight Freeney, 2003-05, 08-11
6, OG/T-Chris Hinton, 1983-89
6, WR-Raymond Berry, 1958-61, 63-64
6, WR-Reggie Wayne, 2006-10, 12
5, TE-John Mackey, 1963, 65-68
5, OLB-Robert Mathis, 2008-12
4, RB-Alan Ameche, 1955-58
4, C-Ray Donaldson, 1986-89

11, DE-Gino Marchetti, 1954-64
9, QB-Peyton Manning, 2002-10
8, QB-John Unitas, 1957-64
8, OG/T-Jim Parker, 1958-65
8, WR-Marvin Harrison, 1999-2006
6, OG/T-Chris Hinton, 1983-89
5, RB-Lenny Moore, 1958-62
5, WR-Reggie Wayne, 2006-10
5, OLB-Robert Mathis, 2008-12
4, RB-Alan Ameche, 1955-58
4, WR-Raymond Berry, 1958-61
4, TE-John Mackey, 1965-68
4, C-Ray Donaldson, 1986-89
4, DE-Dwight Freeney, 2008-11

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:35 am

Monday was a day of thanks for Chuck Pagano.

As the Colts head coach stood before media and members of the organization, he continually thanked those that had helped him over the past three months get back to doing what he loves.

The outreach of gratitude Pagano received from the surrounding community came up frequently during his press conference on Monday.

“I know this and I knew this the day that Mr. Irsay offered me this job and Ryan (Grigson) and I was fortunate enough and blessed enough to have this opportunity and came to Indiana. I knew it was a great place and an outstanding organization,” Pagano said.

“If you are going to have to go through something like we went through, there is no place that I’d rather be than right here, as a Colt, living in this great state of Indiana, going through this with everybody in this room and everybody that supported us throughout this great state, city and community. I’ll forever be in debt to each and every one of you. There is no better place.”

Pagano has called Indianapolis home since January and during his treatment he received thousands of messages from people all across the state.

One particular message still resonates with Pagano and he told the story on Monday afternoon.

“I got a letter from a nine-year old that was diagnosed when he was sick. He’s now in remission and cancer-free. He was smart enough to tell me, ‘Coach, you can beat this. But your attitude has got to be really good. You’ve got to be really kind to your nurses, they mean well. I know you’re not going to feel good but be very nice to them. Make sure you chew on ice, Coach, when you’re taking your chemo, it will help you so you don’t get the sores in your mouth. I prefer strawberry popsicles, you might want to try those Coach, that’s what I did.’ So to everybody out there, just the same things, it’s your faith and it’s your belief and it’s your will.”

It’s stories like that, which helped Pagano deal with the struggles of being away from his team since late September.

He now will return to the sideline on Sunday afternoon, in front of a city that has embraced him and a place that he is proud to call ‘home.’

“Like I said earlier, if you’re going to have to go through something, I know exactly why I’m here now,” Pagano said.

“This is the place you’d want to be, starting with our owner and on down. These are the finest people I’ve ever been around in my entire life and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 7:58 am

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano re-joined the ‘Pagano Show’ on Monday evening with ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey. Pagano covered a variety of topics and below are some of the highlights.

On the job interim head coach Bruce Arians did over the past 12 weeks:

“Kudos to Bruce. He did a phenomenal, phenomenal job. His football coaching ability, his teaching ability, it was a no-brainer No. 1. To see the success that he’s had and this team has had is no shocker to me. Again, when I sit back and I watch him dance (Sunday) that was the coup de grace right there. To me that was just 12 hard weeks of grinding, and grinding and grinding of not only still running that offense but manning the ship if you will, and keeping this thing in the right direction. Winning nine games and making history while he did it is just a testament to him and I’m forever in debt to him and the rest of the staff.”

On what CHUCKSTRONG means to him and what he thought of how the phrase was used all over the city:

“It’s humbling. It’s overwhelming. I think when I first saw the photo of the entire organization, the team, the coaches, everybody out on the field, I think that was the first time the whole CHUCKSTRONG thing hit me. Just the gravity of it, like I said it’s overwhelming. It’s humbling.

My work is just beginning. We’ve got a job to finish on the football field come this Sunday and then in the playoffs. To be able to go out and get the support back and serve as many people as we can serve and get the message out there, I think it’s tremendous. I think it’s part of the responsibility of going through this situation. As many lives as we can touch, as many people as we can help, it’s just giving back to a community and to a country that was just unbelievably supportive to me and my family.”

On how much he is looking forward to being on the practice field Wednesday:

“I think every coach would tell you that spending time grinding our game plans and studying tape in coming up with those type of things, sitting in those meeting is a grind. You can’t wait to hit the grass and you can’t wait to get to practice and get with the guys. That was something I talked about with the guys (Monday) morning just how good that’s going to feel to be back at practice and get back into the routine. See how fast I can move around (laughs), see if I can move around as fast as I did before I came down with this deal.”

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