Peyton Manning, of course, was a part of one of the best quarterback-wide receiver duos of all-time with Marvin Harrison on the Indianapolis Colts. However, Manning also had a really good connection with wide receiver Reggie Wayne. The two ultimately had a lot of success together and were a big reason the Colts went to two Super Bowls with Manning and won one during the 2006 season. However, things were not always great between Manning and Wayne.
Manning was one of the greatest QBs of all-time with the Colts
The Indianapolis Colts selected Peyton Manning with the No. 1 overall pick out of Tennessee in the 1998 NFL draft. Manning struggled in his rookie season. However, he was one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time from the 1999 season through the rest of his career.
After the Colts went 3-13 during Manning’s rookie year, the team then reached the playoffs 11 out of the next 12 seasons. They also reached the AFC Championship Game three times in that span and went to the Super Bowl twice, winning Super Bowl XLI against the Chicago Bears during the 2006 season.
Here are some more of Manning’s accomplishments in his career.
- 14-time Pro Bowl selection
- Seven-time first-team All-Pro honoree
- Five-time NFL MVP
- Two-time Super Bowl champion
- 71,940 career passing yards (third all-time)
- 539 career passing touchdowns (third all-time)
Manning could not have had a lot of the success that he had without some of the receivers he played with. Reggie Wayne was undoubtedly one of the greatest receivers that Manning had the chance to throw to.
Reggie Wayne was an excellent pass-catcher for Manning
The Indianapolis Colts selected Reggie Wayne with the 30th overall pick in the 2001 NFL draft. After only racking up 345 receiving yards in 13 games during the 2001 season, Wayne had a couple of nice seasons in 2002 and 2003. He gained 716 receiving yards in 2002 and 838 in 2003.
Then from 2004 through 2010, Wayne was one of the best receivers in the entire NFL. He gained over 1,000 receiving yards in seven straight seasons during that time span and eight out of nine seasons from 2004 through 2012.
In the years that Wayne played with Manning, he caught 787 passes for 10,748 yards and 69 touchdowns. He, of course, played a significant role in the team’s postseason success as well.
Here is a list of all of his other career accomplishments.
- Six-time Pro Bowl selection
- First-team All-Pro in 2010
- Led the league in receiving yards in 2007 with 1,510
- Super Bowl champ
- 1,070 career receptions (No. 10 all-time)
- 14,345 career receiving yards (No. 10 all-time)
Like Manning with his receivers, though, Wayne would not have had as much success if he had not played with a great QB like Manning.
The two future Hall of Famers once got into a scuffle
Reggie Wayne was on the I AM ATHLETE podcast recently. During the podcast, he revealed that he once shoved Peyton Manning. This happened during the end of a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the early 2000s. It was a game in which the Colts lost.
“I only had like 32 yards, I’m mad, I just felt like I didn’t contribute the way I wanted to,” Wayne said on the podcast. “So, I’m not knowing that they’re huddling down there as an offense … I hear somebody like, ‘Hey Reg, Peyton wants you.’ So, I’m like, ‘Oh, OK.’ So, I start walking down there, and I see Peyton saying something. I didn’t like what he had to say … I’m looking at him, I’m like, ‘I know this motherf—er ain’t talking to me like that.’ … So, my first reaction was to react. It was New Orleans on New Orleans right here because Peyton is from New Orleans. So, I push Peyton on the sideline. A lot of people don’t even know that … To the point to where you got Brandon Stokley, Jeff Saturday, Tarik Glenn, everybody. Edgerrin [James] was just looking over there, smiling with them gold teeth; he was just smiling. Marvin Harrison sitting up there like, he’s shaking his head.”Reggie Wayne
Can you imagine pushing Peyton Manning? If anyone other than Reggie Wayne would have done that, that player might have been cut. Wayne then did say that they talked about it with Tony Dungy the next day, and it was over with. The two then continued to make history together.
Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne had one of the greatest connections two players have ever had. Things were not always great, though, but they still won more times than they didn’t.