INDIANAPOLIS—When the “circus” comes to Indianapolis even
Wayne, who normally speaks on Friday’s, graced the largest media contingent of the year at the Colts complex on Wednesday afternoon.
The hype surrounding Peyton Manning’s return to Indianapolis had media from all over the nation (and even Canada) converging on the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center but Wayne doesn’t understand the need for the madness.
“It’s a circus coming to town. I don’t see this many people unless it’s a playoff game.” Wayne said to the media around him.
“It’s just another game, another opportunity for us to go out there and play what Colts football is all about.”
There isn’t a player in the Colts locker room that has called Manning a teammate longer than Wayne. The two were major reasons why Indianapolis achieved the winningst decade in NFL history.
For 10 years, Wayne caught 787 passes for 10,748 yards and 69 touchdowns from Manning.
Wayne said he still speaks “quite often” with Manning and while he does not need to watch any tribute on Sunday night, the friendship the two have is still close.
“That’s what it’s all about. You build a bond with a lot of guys, especially when’ve you been somewhere for a long time,” Wayne said.
“When we play for those four quarters, it’s a battle, but at the end of the day when it’s all said and done, you dap a guy off and you continue to ask him how his family is doing and things of that nature. This league is an elite group. It’s the best of the best. It’s a tight fraternity. So, whenever you get the opportunity to fellowship with your brethren, it’s always cool.”
With only 13 Colts currently on the 53-man roster that have played with Manning, one would think that Wayne would get a few questions from his teammates on the other side of the ball this week.
However, Wayne’s advice for the Colts defenders won’t be anything earth shattering.
“Whatever insight I give them, he’s going to change it anyway,” Wayne said of Manning.
“Just go out there and play football, study your keys, make sure you know the game plan in and out. This week is no different.”
Due to a Monday night game, the Colts did not hold their usual Wednesday morning team meeting until 12:45 p.m.
Yet, there was Wayne inside the building before 8:00 a.m. in an effort to try and keep things as “normal” as possible this week.
“It’s a big game to us just because every game is a big game,” Wayne said on Wednesday. “We really feel like we didn’t display our talents the way we should have last week.
“But we get another opportunity to change that over, to kind of change some thoughts in people’s minds. It is what it is. I’m just ready to play.”
An undefeated Broncos team, led by Manning, will enter Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday night and that’s where Wayne’s complete attention lies this week.
If the circus is entering Indianapolis, then it’s certainly bringing an act that is attracting a lot of attention.
“He’s got some weapons so he’s using them to his advantage,” Wayne said of Manning in Denver.
“I’m sure they are enjoying him but I’m enjoying my quarterback.”