Mr. Consistent: Reggie Wayne Keeps Edge Entering 10th NFL Season
One reason is talent – he was a first-round selection by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2001 NFL Draft – but another thing the Colts discuss when discussing Wayne is his professionalism and his constant drive to improve.
Wayne may not have been thrilled with his contract entering training camp, but make no mistake:
His approach to his craft hasn't changed.
Asked about his training camp recently, Wayne said, "my camp is going like what a 10-year vet's camp should go," adding that although he is at the stage of his career at which he knows what he must do to prepare for a season, he also said he is nowhere near the stage where complacency is an issue.
"I know what I want to get out of it, but at the same time, I want to go above that," he said. "I go into every camp telling myself in the back of my mind I'm still a rookie. I want to get better. There is no way I want to maintain and stay the same. I always want to get better. These younger guys kind of keep me on my toes. They run around like spring chickens."
Wayne, though past the spring-chicken phase, is still a player very much at the top of his profession. He has produced six consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, and he has made the Pro Bowl each of the past four seasons. Last season, the first after the Colts released eight-time Pro Bowl selection Marvin Harrison the previous February, Wayne continued the process he started the season before of solidifying himself as more than just a Pro Bowl receiver. Rather, he became the Colts' No. 1 receiver, a status with which he enters his 10th NFL season.
And yes, Wayne said even with four Pro Bowl appearances, and even with apparently little else to prove, holding that position and being a go-to, reliable receiver is still very much his motivation.
"I just want to get better," Wayne said. "I just want everybody to know that I can still do this, no matter what year it is for me, and let them know that you can lean on me and you can count on me as a team to be there and do the things I've been doing in the past."