Before Reggie Wayne began mentoring Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie, the young wide receivers who combined for 274 yards in today's AFC Championship Game victory over the New York Jets, he was working with a young receiver named Devin Aromashodu.
Aromashodu's stay with the Colts, which included a role on the practice squad in Super Bowl XLI, was a short one. But Wayne can say now that he saw long ago what the Bears found out about Aromashodu late in this season. Armoashodu had seven catches for 150 yards and a touchdown in the Week 16 victory over Minnesota and scored two touchdowns in the season finale at Detroit. Wayne knew he just needed a shot.
"I think he can make it as a starter and a big-time guy in this league because he works hard," Wayne said. "They just have to give him the opportunity. If they give him the opportunity, he'll be able to show everyone what he can do."