Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne nominated for Pro Football Hall of Fame

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ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 23: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 and wide receiver Reggie Wayne #87 of the Indianapolis Colts confer on the bench during the game against the Buffalo Bills on November 23, 2003 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. The Colts defeated the Bills 17-14. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS – One of the NFL’s most prolific pitch-and-catch tandems heads the local contingent of modern-era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021.

That would be Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne.

Each was instrumental in the Indianapolis Colts’ impressive run through the decade of the 2000s, including the franchise’s first world championship in a quarter century.

Each is among the 130 candidates for the Class of 2021, which ultimately will be determined Feb. 6 in Tampa, site of Super Bowl LV.

Manning, the NFL’s only five-time MVP and MVP when the Colts defeated the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI, is considered a lock to be enshrined in his first year of eligibility. Wayne, one of the most productive wideouts in regular-season and postseason history, is in his second year of eligibility. He advanced to the Final 15 in February.

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