For over a decade, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne played alongside Peyton Manning. No, he wasn’t always the primary target considering Marvin Harrison was entrenched as the top wideout for about half of that time.
But Wayne eventually was given top dog status once Harrison retired and he and Manning clicked like few had ever done. The two had a wonderful chemistry, not only on the field but off as Reggie Wayne noted when asked to describe his friend and former teammate.
“He’s my brother,” Wayne stated. “He’s the enemy.”
The comments stem from the fact Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos will host Reggie Wayne and the Indianapolis Colts this coming Sunday, easily one of the best Week 1 matchups across the league.
Wayne, who also stated that Manning’s ‘winning ways’ rub off was just one of many former teammates to give the eventual Hall of Fame talent love, though were quick to point out that Sunday is all business and friendship’s will be put on the back burner.
“I want to beat him every time,” Wayne said of Manning. “Once the whistle blows, you’re their enemy. When the fourth quarter comes and it’s all zeroes on there, now we can laugh and talk about whatever it is. That’s just the attitude of a football player.”
Of course, talented as the Indianapolis Colts are, beating the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning is going to be a challenge. Add in they’ll be on the road in addition to facing an overly enthusiastic opening weekend crowd and it’s safe to say Wayne’s Colts will have their work cut out for them.