ANDERSON, Ind. — Proclaiming the sky is the limit for his football team, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne arrived at Anderson University on Saturday in the co-pilot's seat of an IU Health Life Line helicopter.
"I sat back and thought, 'We've got a pretty good team,'" Wayne said after stepping out of the chopper on the intramural fields beside the AU soccer field. "I really think our team this year is better than last year. If we don't hurt ourselves, the sky's the limit for us. So ... why not come in through the sky?"
Wayne arrived with a special guest, Matt Sercer, a 20-year-old farmer from Plainfield who lost a foot -- and nearly his life -- in a farm accident last December. Doctors told Sercer he would never walk again, but he had little trouble stepping out of the helicopter beside Wayne.
"Guys like Matt and stories like Matt are the real heroes, they're the real heroes," Wayne said. "And it inspires you to go out there and do great and prove people wrong. A lot of people didn't think Matt was going to be able to walk again, and he's out here moonwalking with me."
Many of Wayne's teammates reported earlier in the morning and promised a different look on offense, a more physical defense and a commitment to becoming the best in the NFL.
"Same as it is every year, hoisting that Lombardi Trophy," offensive lineman Anthony Castonzo said. "That's the motivation every year. At the end of the year, you wanna say we accomplished all of our goals. And the only way to do that is to win the Super Bowl."
That quest begins Sunday with the first day of practice in the Colts' fourth straight training camp at AU. The first public practice begins at 1:50 p.m. and the team will hold 15 open practices before breaking camp on Aug. 16.
The Colts are celebrating their 30th season in Indiana this year, and Anderson is hosting training camp for the 19th time overall. The franchise trained at AU from its arrival in Indianapolis in 1984 until 1998.
After 11 years in Terre Haute, training camp returned to Anderson in 2010.
Players have until 2 p.m. to report to campus, and word is Reggie Wayne is planning a unique entrance later this afternoon. The veteran wide receiver last year reported to camp in full military fatigues after arriving in a caravan of humvees.
Indianapolis is coming off a surprising 11-5 season that ended with a loss against the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in AFC Wild Card game. And the players are excited to get back to work.
"The beginning of training camp is a little more focused on the me, or the personal side of things, getting better personally," quarterback Andrew Luck said. "But once those preseason games start hitting and then into the regular season, hopefully we're getting much better as a team."
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