Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
John Ehret HS/University of Miami/NFL
A two-time all-state honoree at John Ehret High School, Reggie Wayne went onto an exceptional career at the University of Miami (1997-2000). As a freshman in 1997, he led the Hurricanes with 640 yards on 48 catches (school freshman record) and was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, a Sporting News Freshman All American and second-team All-BIG EAST. In 1998, he missed two games with a torn ACL, but still led Miami with 42 receptions and was second with 629 receiving yards. In 1998, he caught 40 passes for 486 yards and four touchdowns. In Miami’s 2000 season, the senior led the team with 755 yards receiving (17.6 yards per catch) on 43 receptions with 10 touchdowns (tied for second most all-time behind Michael Irvin’s record of 11 in 1986) as the Canes posted an 11-1 record with a victory in the Sugar Bowl. Wayne is the school career leader in total receptions with 173, a close second to Santana Moss in yards receiving (2,510) and is tied for third in career touchdown catches with 20. He holds the school record for consecutive games with a reception in 36 straight games.
Following his sensational college career, Wayne was a first-round pick (No. 30 overall) in the 2001 NFL Draft by the Colts. He spent all 14 of his NFL seasons in Indianapolis and was the 15th player inducted into the Colts Ring of Honor in 2018. Wayne is second all-time (to Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison) in Colts’ franchise history in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. Wayne and Harrison were one of the NFL’s best wide receiver tandems in league history and helped the team to victory in Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium in 2007.
Wayne led the NFL with 1,510 receiving yards in 2007. He finished his career tenth all-time in the NFL in receptions (1,070) and receiving yards (14,345) and also had 82 TD catches; he was named to six Pro Bowls and was first team all-pro in 2010. The John Ehret product finished his career in the top ten seven times in receiving yards, five times in receiving yards per game, seven times in receiving yards and four times in receiving touchdowns.
Wayne was inducted into the University of Miami Hall of Fame in 2011, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2018 and the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor, also in 2018.