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Reggie Wayne Reflects On 200 Games Played, Nearing Peyton Manning's Franchise Record

Intro: Sunday marked the 200th career game for Reggie Wayne as he closes in on the Colts franchise record. What does Wayne think of playing 200 games?






A word that Allen Iverson made famous has a totally different meaning to Reggie Wayne.

What fans see Wayne do on Sunday's is a byproduct of the 35-year old lacing up the sneakers three times a week for nearly a decade and a half.

"I was bummed a few years ago, I missed a practice and that was my first practice I've missed in seven years," Wayne said earlier this week. "I felt like practice is where you make your living, that's where you work on your craft. Like Marvin Harrison used to say, 'You pay me to practice and the games are free.' That's on the house.

"I kind of took that motto from Marv and put it in my repertoire and I agree with it. I feel like that's how you can get on the same page with your quarterback. That's how you learn different defenses and how you work at your craft. So when the game comes it should be easy. I enjoy practice. I love practice. I really feel like that's where you build your foundation on your legacy."

That work ethic has Wayne closing in on a record that defines longevity.

Sunday marked the 200th game Wayne has played and next up on the Colts franchise list are Johnny Unitas (206) and Peyton Manning (208).

Amongst all the milestones Wayne has reached from catching the football, it's running out of that tunnel week-after-week which reigns supreme.

On the fringe of any record that Manning holds is something Wayne doesn't turn his head at.

"We all know what Peyton has done for this franchise, for this city. It's kind of hard to believe (laughs) that I could pass him up," Wayne says of the future Hall of Famer.

"He was here a long time. He won a lot of games for this organization, so just for me to be in the same breath, the same category as Peyton, is obviously an honor."

Wayne's success in season No. 14, off of a torn ACL, is a credit to several things.

Andrew Luck calls Wayne a "technician" and the six-time Pro Bowler isn't afraid to admit that he isn't going to burn by many defensive backs.

"I know I'm not going to just Usain Bolt run past everybody," Wayne says.

"I've got to be that much more in-tune to film watching, watching my opponent to try and find an advantage the best way I can. I probably watch more film now than I've watched the past couple of years than I've ever watched. It's worked. It's helped me. That's how you get that edge and hopefully I can continue to get that."

On Sunday afternoon, Chuck Paganoo had an understandable reason for being a bit late to his post game presser.

The Colts head coach was busy handing out a game ball to Wayne while reading another list of accomplishments that the receiver had just achieved against the Titans.

If Wayne averages six catches a game the rest of the year, he will rise to No. 3 on the NFL's all-time receptions list.

"It's humbling to be in a situation where some of those guys I grew up looking at, playing with on video games, I'm slowly creeping up behind them," Wayne says.

"I'm truly blessed and thanking the man upstairs for keeping me healthy for as long as he did and just giving me that opportunity to be in this situation."

A visual look back at Reggie Wayne's career with the Colts. (2001-present)

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