Reggie Wayne reaches 1,000 career catches

AP

Reggie Wayne did something on Monday night that only eight players in NFL history had done before him: Reach the 1,000th catch of his career.

In the fourth quarter at San Diego, Wayne reeled in a pass from Andrew Luck that gave him 1,000 in his 13-year career, good for a tie with Hines Ward (who retired with exactly 1,000 catches) for eighth most all-time.

The only other players who have reached the 1,000-catch mark are Jerry Rice, Tony Gonzalez, Marvin Harrison, Cris Carter, Tim Brown, Terrell Owens and Isaac Bruce.

Although Wayne probably won’t catch Gonzalez on the career receptions list, and almost certainly won’t catch Rice, he could catch his old teammate Harrison (who retired with 1,102 catches) as soon as next season. That would put Wayne at No. 3 all time, and would give Wayne a strong case for induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.