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Reggie Wayne: "My Momma Could Be On That Team. We Got To Win."

Intro: Reggie Wayne will play in his franchise-record 20th career postseason game on Sunday. How is Wayne approaching Sunday’s game versus his former teammate Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos?





INDIANAPOLIS – On Sunday, Reggie Wayne will add another franchise record to his budding Hall of Fame resume.

It's playoff game No. 20 for Wayne, the most in Colts history, breaking a tie with Peyton Manning and Jeff Saturday.

A dozen playoff seasons in 14 years?

That's stuff players dream of, yet almost never see come true in their NFL careers.

"I'm enjoying this man. I'm loving it," Wayne said on Friday. "Second round of the playoffs? I'm enjoying every bit of it. This is something that's not promised.

"We know that this is something that we set as a goal this offseason and we're still on that journey. All four tires are rolling. Hopefully we can continue."

When Wayne takes the field on Sunday in his 20th career playoff game, he will in all likelihood shake hands at the coin toss with Manning, the man who's record he is breaking.

Wayne is the longest tenured Colt to have spent time with Manning in Indianapolis.

On Friday, Wayne was asked to talk about his favorite memory or a past game that stuck out of the now Broncos quarterback.

"I could tell you about Andrew Luck, that sticks out. (Manning's) on the other team right now. I'll holler at him later. Right now, it's all about 12," Wayne said.

The answer might seem a bit brash, but it sums up the type of player and person Wayne is---a loyal teammate, who embodies what a pillar Colts stands for.

Wayne went on to answer plenty of questions about Manning throughout his Friday press conference but when Luck was mentioned within the question, Wayne stood by his current quarterback.

This should not come as a surprise to Colts fans.

In a trying 2011 season, Wayne was steadfast in his support for quarterback Curtis Painter.

The following offseason, Wayne could have packed his bags and finished his career playing for a playoff contender with a proven quarterback.

Wayne chose to return to Indianapolis, and a building of unknowns. No.87 was one of the more outspoken Colts from the 2012 spring on about silencing the critics who had picked the team No. 32 in preseason power rankings.

Sunday will mark the third time that Wayne has seen his former quarterback on the other sideline, meaning some of the novelty of such a matchup has worn off.

"It's probably more strange seeing all these Papa John's commercials," Wayne said with a smile.

"I've had so many friends come and go and play for other teams. As a professional football player, that's part of the game. It happens, happens pretty frequently. You get used to it, man. When you sign your name on that contract, at any point and time, anything can happen. Things can change. That was something nobody ever thought would happen, but it happened. You still suit up and play no matter what's at stake. You go out there, and you play. You've still got each other's phone numbers. You can still text message, call and talk to him later." 

On October 20, 2013, Manning watched as Wayne went down in the fourth quarter. The ACL injury to Wayne ended his 2013 season.

Manning sent Wayne a text message following the Colts 39-33 win over the Broncos offering his support.

Even though both players have dealt with serious injuries in the latter stages of their careers, they will suit it up in another playoff game north of 35 years old.

With Wayne's presser nearing an end on Friday, the 14-year veteran was asked if a divisional win over Manning's Broncos would be any sweeter for him.

Like he did all afternoon on Friday, Wayne didn't dodge the question.

"It'll mean a W for the Colts, nothing more and nothing less," Wayne said.

"My momma could be on that team, we've got to beat her too. We've got to win, so that's how we look at it."

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