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Reggie Wayne Retires: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 16:  Reggie Wayne #87 of the Indianapolis Colts walks off of the field following the 42-20 loss to the New England Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 16, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Longtime Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne has decided to retire from the NFL after a career that featured six Pro Bowl selections, a first-team All-Pro nod and a Super Bowl title.

Speaking to Mike Chappell of CBS 4 in Indianapolis, the 37-year-old Wayne said about his decision to retire that he's "done."

"It was fun," Wayne said, "but it's time. It's just time. Whenever you can admit that you're done, you know you're done."

Wayne was drafted by the Colts with the 30th overall pick in the 2001 draft. He provided incredible value for the franchise over the 14 years that followed, developing into one of the league's most reliable receivers for an extended period.

His career comes to a close with 1,070 catches for 14,345 yards and 82 touchdowns across 14 seasons. In terms of his all-time standing among pass-catchers, the Miami Hurricanes product ranks seventh in catches, eighth in yards and 22nd in touchdowns.

Although he appeared in all but one of the Colts' games in the 2014 season, Wayne didn't make the same type of impact he so often did in the past. Trying to come back from an ACL injury while also dealing with various other ailments limited his effectiveness.

While Indianapolis decided to move forward, Wayne wasn't prepared to call it quits. In an interesting twist, he joined the rival Patriots ahead of the 2015 campaign, but his stay was short as the sides mutually agreed to part ways before the regular season.

Now that he's made the decision to step away from the sport, the question becomes whether he will eventually get the call to the Hall of Fame. Gregg Rosenthal of Around The NFL previously called it "one of the trickiest Hall of Fame debates among this generation of wide receivers."

While Wayne's numbers place him among the top receivers statistically in football history, there may be a couple of narratives that work against him.

One is the debate between great and consistently very good. He was a reliable option on the outside for the Colts for an extended period of time. Rarely, if ever, was he considered the best receiver in the league during any given season, though.

The other question is whether voters will "punish" him for the teammates he had the opportunity to play alongside. Few receivers have the chance during their career to play with the likes of Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck, which provided a boost to his numbers.

That said, the fact he ranks so highly on the all-time lists in both receptions and yards bodes well. Winning a Super Bowl also works in his favor as does the fact he was a consummate professional throughout his time in the league.

Wayne probably could have continued to make his presence felt on a more limited basis for a couple more years. Alas, he decided now was the right time to call it a career.

Wayne was never a player to seek out the spotlight. He certainly deserves it today.