Throughout his 14-year NFL career, Indianapolis Colts and former University of Miami wide receiver Reggie Wayne has pulled off some pretty outrageous training camp arrivals.
Last year, he showed up in an IU Health LifeLine helicopter. The year before, he rode up in a caravan of three Humvees driven by the Indiana National Guard.
This year was no exception. A healthy Wayne, now fully recovered from a torn ACL, pulled up to training camp in an Indy Car driven by race car driver Ed Carpenter.
Here’s a clip of it, courtesy of the Colts:
Wayne has always said that his camp entrances have personal meaning. Last year, he was accompanied by Matt Sercer, a 20-year-old survivor of a serious farming accident. He had read Sercer’s story and been so inspired by it, he decided to invite him along.
The previous year, he paid homage to the 38th Aviation Brigade from the 38th Indiana Division, wearing camo fatigues, saying he was “reporting for duty.” His reasoning?
“I don’t want people to look at it as a joke, a gimmick,” said Wayne. “I fully support our military. I’m taking a page out of their book. I want our team to actually take a page out of their book. They are what you call the ‘true heroes.’ I wanted to think what we can take in our repertoire that people see outside of football.
His message this year?
“It’s a sign for the Colts,” Wayne said to Colts.com. “We need to come out fast. We need to have a sense of urgency. We need to come out moving with some speed. This is one way of entering camp with the motto for the team.”
Other notable grand entrances for Wayne — a dump truck in 2009, hunting gear in 2007 and an Edgerrin James Arizona Cardinals jersey in 2005.