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June 5, 2013

Old Wayne learning new tricks with Colts

Veteran Wayne fitting in with young teammates, fresh scheme

INDIANAPOLIS — Shopping for longtime teammate Robert Mathis' wedding gift proved rather easy for Reggie Wayne.

"A 'Game Over' t-shirt," Wayne quipped Wednesday when asked what he purchased. "You know, I signed up on his registry, and I got him a ton of things. Well-deserved. I'm happy for him. Whenever you see one of your brethren continue to grow in life, you are happy for him."

Moments like Mathis' nuptials last Saturday, however, are coming fewer and farther between for the 34-year-old Wayne.

Normally found working out at his south Florida home this time of year, the Indianapolis Colts wide receiver is back in the Circle City this week going through organized team activities alongside his teammates.

And, just as was the case a year ago, part of the challenge is learning everyone's name. Wayne, 32-year-old Mathis, 28-year-old Antoine Bethea and 40-year-old Adam Vinatieri are the only remaining faces from the Colts' Super Bowl XLI championship team of seven seasons ago.

A new generation, led by fresh-faced quarterback Andrew Luck, crashed into Indy last season and produced a surprising 11-5 record and a wild-card playoff berth.

But Wayne proved there's still a place for the older guys at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Spurning offers to leave via free agency, he caught 106 passes for 1,355 yards and five touchdowns last year. Those numbers are eerily similar to the totals he produced in 2010 (111, 1,355, 6) — his final season playing alongside four-time MVP Peyton Manning.

Unsurprisingly, Wayne has high praise for Luck as the duo prepares for their second year together.

"He's my quarterback so I'm going to be biased," Wayne said. "It's like he's a seven-, eight-, nine-year vet. He's handled everything extraordinarily well. He's doing a great job. He's talking in meetings, and he has a little hand up on everybody with this offense, and that's even better. But he's doing what a quarterback should. He's being a leader and showing everybody what to do."

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