As Wayne was propped up on a training table inside the Colts locker room on Oct. 20, he knew his knee injury wasn’t good.
Yet, his attention was towards a television in hopes that his teammates could hold on for a win over the eventual AFC Champions.
His teammates finished off that victory but the six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver would soon be relegated to a coach and mentor for the remainder of the 2013 regular season.
While it was tough for Wayne to not lace up the cleats, like he had done for 189 straight games, he heads into 2014 an extremely proud teammate.
“I enjoyed watching my teammates for the rest of the year just go out there and tough it out,” Wayne said on 1070 The Fan earlier this week.
“They did some unbelievable things even when people thought by me just going down, they wouldn’t go out there and get it done. But it goes to show you if a team can come together, no matter who’s in there, that some great things can happen.”
Wayne was an extra coach inside of the Colts receivers’ room and he joked on Tuesday that coaching might not be in his post-playing future.
Getting back out on the field is in the immediate future plans and Wayne expects to be cleared for football activities on April 25th.
During Wayne’s sophomore season at the University of Miami, he tore his ACL so this year’s offseason rehab wasn’t a shock.
“It was a little tough because I’m not 20 years old anymore,” Wayne said of his rehab process.
“I really had to dig down deep to really stay tuned to the task at hand. I’ve enjoyed it. I’ve embraced it. It’s made me a better person. I truly got a better understanding as far as taking things for granted.”
The 189 consecutive starts that Wayne saw end last October is something that no NFL player takes for granted.
Teammates are in awe of the ability Wayne has had to be there Sunday-after-Sunday.
He wants that to continue in 2014 and if it was up to him, Wayne would be out there for every offseason drill.
“As of right now, I’m going to do as much as I possibly I can,” Wayne says. “I’m going to do whatever I can to make sure I am ready and one way of getting that in motion is going out there and doing as much as you can and then see how you feel afterwards.”
“That’s out of my hands. If you ask me, I want to participate in the whole camp. I want to do everything that everybody else is doing. Whatever the doctors tell me, whatever coach Pagano feels is the right route to take, that’s what I’m going to do.”