“Let me tell you something, me being able to be there each week and answering that bell is bigger than everything else, believe it or not,” he said. “I take pride in that. I want to be there for the guys. When they go down the foxhole, I want to be available to go with them.”
It’s that team-first mentality, a trait shared with long-time teammate Robert Mathis, that makes Wayne a natural leader for this young team.
Luck calls Wayne the leader of the offense, and he makes no attempt to hide his admiration.
“You hear stories about guys on other teams, and you see different things, and he is the consummate professional in my mind,” Luck said. “If I were lucky enough to play as long as he’s played, that’s how I would model my behaviors in the locker room.”
As strong as Luck and Wayne’s chemistry is on the field, the two seem to have an equal connection away from it.
They’ve almost made a game this spring and summer of passing off the leadership label to one another.
“I’m just keeping the seat warm for him,” Wayne said. “At the end of the day, he’s our leader. He’s been more vocal this year and rightfully so. I’m the vice president. I’m not the president. It’s his team. He sets the tone. He sets the pace, especially for the offense, and whenever he has another mission to take care of, that’s when I step in. That’s what vice presidents do.”