Marques Colston

Marques E. Colston (/ˈmɑːrkɪs ˈkoʊlstən/ MAR-kis KOHL-stən born June 5, 1983) is a former American football wide receiver. He played college football at Hofstra University, and was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He helped the Saints achieve victory in Super Bowl XLIV with seven receptions for 83 yards against the Indianapolis Colts. He is the Saints' all-time franchise leader in receiving yards, yards from scrimmage, receiving touchdowns, total touchdowns, and total receptions.

Marques Colston
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Colston with the New Orleans Saints in 2012
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Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born:June 5, 1983 (age 36)
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:Susquehanna High School
(Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)
NFL Draft:2006 / Round: 7 / Pick: 252
Career history
As player:
As administrator:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:9,759
Yards per reception:13.7
Receiving touchdowns:72
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Colston's father, James, played briefly in the Canadian Football League. Marques began playing football at a very young age. James Colston died when Marques was 14.[1] Colston attended Susquehanna Township High School, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and was a letterman in football and track. In football, he won All-Conference honors as a wide receiver/defensive end. Colston graduated from Susquehanna Township High School in June 2001.

Also a standout in track & field, Colston lettered three years. He qualified for the 2001 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Outdoor T&F Championships in the javelin, recording a top-throw of 57.03 meters. He was also a member of the Susquehanna 4 × 100 m (42.41 s) relay squad.[2]

College career

Colston received a scholarship offer from the Division I-A University of Missouri but turned the offer down in favor of Division I-AA Hofstra.[1]

Colston had 14 receptions for 335 yards (23.9 avg.) and three touchdowns as a freshman. In 2002, he made 47 grabs for 614 yards (13.06 avg.) and three scores. As a junior in 2003, Colston led the team with 51 receptions for 910 yards (17.8 average) and seven touchdowns. Colston redshirted the 2004 season due to a shoulder injury, but in 2005 was named to the All-Atlantic 10 First Team after making a career-high 70 receptions for 976 yards (13.9 avg.) and five touchdowns. In four seasons at Hofstra, Colston appeared in 40 games (37 starts) and recorded 182 catches for a school-record 2,834 yards and 18 touchdowns.[3]

Professional career

Colston declared for the 2006 NFL Draft. He was tipped in many prospect profiles to become a tight end, because of his size and catching ability, but was also predicted to go undrafted.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 5 in
(1.96 m)
224 lb
(102 kg)
4.50 s 1.60 s 2.65 s 4.44 s 6.96 s 37 in
(0.94 m)
10 ft 3 in
(3.12 m)
All values from NFL Combine.[4] See also scouting report at the Wayback Machine (archived November 30, 2006).

2006 season

He was selected in the seventh round of the draft, 252nd overall, and four spots from the end of the draft, by the New Orleans Saints.[5] After a solid performance at minicamp and the trade of fellow wide receiver Donté Stallworth to the Philadelphia Eagles, Colston was thrust into a week one starting position. He is one of very few seventh round draft picks to start in their teams' first regular season game. Colston became the favorite target of new quarterback Drew Brees. Colston finished the season with 70 receptions, 1,038 yards, and eight touchdowns, including one for 86 yards. He helped the Saints reach the playoffs with a 10–6 record. The Saints beat the Philadelphia Eagles and made it to the NFC Championship Game with the Chicago Bears. Despite Colston scoring a touchdown, the Saints fell 39–14, ending the team's season.

Colston tied for second in voting for Offensive Rookie of the Year, behind Tennessee Titans' quarterback Vince Young, and with Jacksonville Jaguars' running back Maurice Jones-Drew. He had more votes than his fellow rookie teammate, the much more celebrated Reggie Bush, who was picked second overall by the Saints.[6] Colston was among the NFC leaders in receptions (70), receiving yards (1,038) and receiving touchdowns (8). He was named the Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for weeks 8 and 9. He was also named the Offensive Rookie of the Month for October.

2007 season

Against the San Francisco 49ers on October 28, 2007, Colston caught a career-high three touchdown passes from Drew Brees and guided the Saints to a victory. For the 2007 season, Colston set a team record for receptions (98), besting the previous mark set by Joe Horn. Colston also tied Horn's record for touchdown receptions in a season (11).[7]

2008 season

On July 23, 2008, Colston signed a three-year contract extension with the Saints through the 2011 season. In 2008, Colston suffered a broken thumb after a hit by Ronde Barber on a quick slant pass in the Saints' week 1 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[8] This sidelined Colston for four weeks and Lance Moore moved up into the starting receiver position. Two games back from injury, in London against the San Diego Chargers, Colston made a huge 54-yard catch, and was eventually brought down by Antonio Cromartie. He recorded a 70-yard touchdown catch the next week against the Green Bay Packers as the Saints won the game 51–29. Colston finished the season with five scores for 760 receiving yards on 47 receptions.

2009 season

Marques Colston training camp
Colston during training camp in 2009

On October 18, 2009, during a week 6 game against the New York Giants in a battle of undefeated teams, Colston caught eight receptions for 166 yards, as the Saints defeated the Giants 48–27. The game was predicted to be a fair, even game between the Giants and the Saints, who were both undefeated at the time, but the Saints quickly crushed the Giants, gaining 493 yards of total offense and scoring seven touchdowns, 48 points and topping the 40-point mark for the third time that season.[9] Colston helped the Saints win the Super Bowl XLIV with 7 receptions for 83 yards in 2009. He scored nine times that season and recorded 1,074 receiving yards.


During the 2010 season, Colston had another solid season with 1,023 receiving yards with 7 touchdowns.

During the 2011 season, Colston continued his productivity with the Saints, and caught 80 receptions for 1,143 yards with 8 touchdowns, had a receiving average of 14.3 yards, only lost 2 fumbles, and helped lead the Saints to a 13–3 regular season record. Colston had multiple +100-yard receiving games, which occurred during week 6, week 10, week 14 (game 13), week 17 (game 16) and the first playoff game during the Wild Card Round against the Detroit Lions on January 7, 2012.

On March 13, 2012, Colston signed a five-year, $40 million contract extension with the Saints. On October 7, 2012, Colston broke Joe Horn's record for most touchdown catches by a Saints wide receiver, catching three touchdowns to make 52 for his career.[10] On November 11, 2012, he tied Deuce McAllister's team record for total touchdowns with his 55th career touchdown.[11]

2013 season

In the opening game of the 2013 season, a 23–17 win over Atlanta Falcons, Colston became the Saints' all-time leader in pass receptions when he caught a second quarter touchdown pass for the 533rd catch (and 59th touchdown) of his career.[12] In the Saints' tenth game of the season, a 23–20 home win over San Francisco 49ers, Colston passed Eric Martin to become the all-time franchise leader in receiving yards and yards from scrimmage.[13] Colston finished the regular season with 75 receptions for 943 yards and 5 touchdowns in 15 games.

In the Saints' divisional round playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks, Colston led all receivers with 11 catches for 144 yards and a touchdown, the touchdown coming with 26 seconds remaining in the game to bring the Saints (who had trailed the entire game) within 8 points; he then recovered the ensuing onside kick, giving the Saints a slim chance to tie the game. On the ensuing drive, Brees spiked the ball to stop the clock, then found Colston near the sideline. Instead of stepping out of bounds to stop the clock and give the Saints a chance at a last-second Hail Mary pass to the end zone, Colston went ahead with the play as it had been called, which required him to throw a lateral pass across the field to Travaris Cadet. However, Colston's throw went forward and was ruled an illegal forward pass; the 10-second runoff attached to the penalty used up the clock, sealing a 23–15 victory for the Seahawks.[14]


In 2014, Colston caught 59 passes for 902 yards and five touchdowns as the Saints missed the playoffs.

In 2015, Colston caught 45 passes for 520 yards and four touchdowns, all career-lows. He was released by the Saints after the season.[15][16] He did not sign with a team for the 2016 season.

Career statistics

Won the Super Bowl
New Orleans Saints franchise record
Bold Career high
Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2006 NO 14 12 70 1,038 14.8 86T 8
2007 NO 16 14 98 1,202 12.3 45 11 1 1
2008 NO 11 6 47 760 16.2 70T 5 1 0
2009 NO 16 14 70 1,074 15.3 68 9 1 6 6.0 6 0 2 2
2010 NO 15 11 84 1,023 12.2 43 7 1 1 1.0 1 0
2011 NO 14 7 80 1,143 14.3 50 8 1 1
2012 NO 16 13 83 1,154 13.9 60 10 4 2
2013 NO 15 11 75 943 12.6 35 5
2014 NO 16 13 59 902 15.3 57 5 1 1
2015 NO 13 5 45 520 11.6 53T 4
Career 146 106 711 9,759 13.7 86 72 2 7 3.5 6 0 10 7

New Orleans Saints franchise records

  • Most career receptions (711)[18]
  • Most career receiving yards (9,759)[18]
  • Most yards from scrimmage (9,766)
  • Highest receiving average, career (13.7)
  • Most career receiving touchdowns (72)[18]
  • Most total touchdowns (72)
  • Most seasons with 1,000 receiving yards (6)[19]
  • Most games with 100 or more yards receiving (28)
  • Most games played by a wide receiver (146)

Personal life

Colston was the majority owner of his hometown Harrisburg Stampede who played in American Indoor Football and the Professional Indoor Football League.[20] In 2014, he bought a share of the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League.[21] Colston has pursued an executive MBA program at George Washington University,[22] and he has made a series of investments in startup companies operating in the health and sports sectors.[23]

In 2010, Colston bought a home in Luling, Louisiana.[24]


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  5. ^ New Orleans Saints Draft Summary
  6. ^ "Titans sensation Young named AP Offensive Rookie of Year". CBS. 2007-01-03. Archived from the original on 2007-01-10.
  7. ^ Marques Colston | NFL Football at
  8. ^ Colston out 4-6 weeks with thumb Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  9. ^ "Watch New York Giants vs. New Orleans Saints [10/18/2009]". Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  10. ^ Mike Triplett, "Drew Brees, Marques Colston as good as ever on history-making night: 10 more observations", Times-Picayune, October 7, 2012.
  11. ^ Sheldon Mickles, "Colston ties club TD mark", The Advocate, November 13, 2012.
  12. ^ Jeff Duncan, "New Orleans Saints receiver Marques Colston making history -- even if no one notices", Times-Picayune, September 9, 2013.
  13. ^ Larry Holder, "New Orleans Saints' Marques Colston claims more franchise records in 49ers win", Times-Picayune, November 17, 2013.
  14. ^ Katherine Terrell, "New Orleans Saints' Sean Payton, Marques Colston say final play vs. Seattle Seahawks was designed lateral", Times-Picayune, January 13, 2014.
  15. ^ Triplett, Mike (February 29, 2016). "Receiver Marques Colston released after 10 years with Saints". Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  16. ^ Florio, Mike (February 29, 2016). "Saints cut Marques Colston". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  17. ^ "Marques Colston, WR at". Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  18. ^ a b c "New Orleans Saints Receiving Career Register".
  19. ^ "New Orleans Saints Receiving Single-season Register".
  20. ^ Bristol, Jason (March 14, 2012). "Marques Colston becomes part-owner of Harrisburg Stampede". Archived from the original on June 15, 2012.
  21. ^ Barkowitz, Ed (October 1, 2014). "Saints WR Marques Colston buys share in Philadelphia Soul". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved 2014-10-02.
  22. ^ Austin, Ben (April 23, 2013). "Show Yourself the Money". GQ. Retrieved 2015-12-17.
  23. ^ Heitner, Darren (December 14, 2015). "How This $45 Million NFL Star Became a Big-Time Startup Investor: When it comes to NFL players, there are few that have a portfolio of investments as extensive as New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston". Inc. Retrieved 2015-12-17.
  24. ^

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2006 New Orleans Saints season

The 2006 New Orleans Saints season was the franchise's 40th season in the National Football League.

The season began with the team returning to New Orleans after a year in exile from the city, and trying to improve on their 3–13 record in 2005. All of the team's 2006 regular season home games were played in the Louisiana Superdome, which had been unplayable for the entire 2005 season after being damaged during Hurricane Katrina. Led by a new coach, Sean Payton, and a new quarterback, Drew Brees, the Saints enjoyed their most successful season up to that time, reaching the NFC Championship Game for the first time in franchise history.

Believed by many as the greatest Saint of all time, this was Drew Brees' first season with the Saints, after spending his first 5 seasons with the San Diego Chargers and the Saints signed him after the Miami Dolphins famously passed on Brees and signed Daunte Culpepper instead.

2007 New Orleans Saints season

The 2007 New Orleans Saints season was the 41st season for the team in the National Football League (NFL). The team tried to improve upon its 10–6 record in 2006 and its third division title—the Saints' first in the NFC South. Their other two division titles were in the NFC West, prior to the league's 2002 realignment. After opening up the pre-season in the Hall of Fame Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on August 5, 2007, the Saints ended with a 3–2 pre-season record. The Saints opened the regular season with a nationally televised game against the defending Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts, but ultimately had a disappointing season, finishing 2007 with a 7–9 record and missing out on post-season play.

2008 New Orleans Saints season

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2009 New Orleans Saints season

The 2009 New Orleans Saints season was the franchise's 43rd season in the National Football League (NFL). It was the most successful season in franchise history, culminating with a victory in Super Bowl XLIV. The Saints recorded a franchise record 13 regular season victories (later tied in the 2011 and 2018 seasons), an improvement on their 8–8 record and fourth-place finish in the National Football Conference (NFC)'s southern division from 2008. As a result, the Saints advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2006. For head coach Sean Payton, this was his fourth season with the franchise, commanding a club overall record of 36–24, though it also marked the first year of the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal that would ultimately result in his unprecedented (for a coach) one-year suspension from the league.With a victory over the Carolina Panthers on November 8, the Saints jumped out to an 8–0 start, the best in franchise history. They went on to set the record for the longest undefeated season opening (13–0) by an NFC team since the AFL–NFL merger, eclipsing the previous record (12–0) held by the 1985 Chicago Bears. This record has since been tied by the 2011 Green Bay Packers and surpassed by the 2015 Carolina Panthers. Despite losing the last three games of the season to finish 13–3, the team clinched a playoff berth, a first-round bye and—for the first time ever—the top seed in the NFC. The Saints defeated Kurt Warner and the defending NFC Champions Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Divisional playoffs, and proceeded to host the NFC Championship Game for the first time in franchise history. There, they defeated Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings in overtime, then went on to face Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts at Super Bowl XLIV in the franchise's first-ever Super Bowl appearance. The Saints won the Super Bowl 31–17, giving the city of New Orleans its first NFL championship. The Saints are the first team to defeat three former Super Bowl winning quarterbacks in a row in the playoffs to win the Super Bowl. The Saints, along with the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, are the only teams to go to one Super Bowl and win it.

Although five Saints were elected to the Pro Bowl (with two others added as injury replacements), since the game was held one week prior to Super Bowl XLIV, they did not participate.

2010 New Orleans Saints season

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2013 American Indoor Football season

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2018 Albany Empire season

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The Empire is Albany's third arena football team and second AFL team; they succeed the original Albany Firebirds who began AFL play in 1990 and enjoyed great success (most notably winning ArenaBowl XIII) before moving to Indianapolis following the 2000 season, and later the Albany Conquest who played in the af2 from 2002 until that league folded after the 2009 season (and were known as the Firebirds for that last season).

Atlantic City Blackjacks

The Atlantic City Blackjacks are a professional arena football team based in Atlantic City, New Jersey, that is announced to begin play in the Arena Football League (AFL) in 2019. Home games are to be played at Boardwalk Hall. The team will be operated by Trifecta Sports and Entertainment, the same ownership group as the Albany Empire and Philadelphia Soul. On January 31, the team announced two-time AFL coach of the year Ron James as its inaugural head coach. After a name-the-team contest, the name Blackjacks was announced on March 7.

Colston (surname)

Colston is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Bob Colston (1928–2013), British sports broadcaster

Charles Colston, 1st Baron Roundway (1854–1925), British Conservative Party politician

Edward Colston (1636-1721), British merchant and Member of Parliament

Mal Colston (1938–2003), Australian politician

Marques Colston (born 1983), American football player

Peter Colston (born 1935), English ornithologist

Raleigh E. Colston (1825–1896), American professor, soldier, cartographer, and writer

Eric Martin (wide receiver)

Eric W. Martin (born November 8, 1961) is a former American football wide receiver. He played collegiately for the LSU Tigers (1981–1984) and professionally for the New Orleans Saints (1985–1993) and the Kansas City Chiefs (1994) in the National Football League.

Harrisburg Stampede

The Harrisburg Stampede were a professional indoor football team based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Stampede participated in several different leagues over their history: the American Indoor Football Association in 2009 and 2010, the Southern Indoor Football League in 2011, American Indoor Football in 2012 and 2013, and the Professional Indoor Football League in what became their final season of play in 2014. The team suspended operations on December 30, 2014.

The Stampede played their home games at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center for their first five seasons. In 2014, they played in the Giant Center in nearby Hershey.

The "Stampede" name alluded to the team's original home venue, which hosts the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show, and the team's colors were blue, black and white.

Hofstra Pride football

The Hofstra Pride football (formerly the Hofstra Flying Dutchmen) program was the intercollegiate American football team for Hofstra University located in Hempstead, New York. The team competed in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and were members of the Colonial Athletic Association. The school's first football team was fielded in 1937. Hofstra participated in football from 1937 to 2009, compiling an all-time record of 403–268–11. On December 3, 2009, the university announced it was terminating the football program. Under NCAA rules, any football players who chose to transfer to other schools were eligible to play immediately, and not subjected to normal residency waiting periods. Scholarship-holders who wished to stay at Hofstra were permitted to keep their scholarships. Funds previously used for the football program went into the creation of the medical school, and enhancing a variety of programs, including public health, hard sciences and engineering.

Lance Moore

Lance Andrew Moore (born August 31, 1983) is a former American football wide receiver who played over ten seasons professionally in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Toledo. He was signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2005. Moore joined the New Orleans Saints in 2006 and played with them for eight seasons, and was a member of the 2009 Super Bowl championship team. He has also played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Detroit Lions.

List of Hofstra Pride in the NFL Draft

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Marques or Marqués may refer to:

Marques (grape), another name for the Portuguese wine grape Loureira

Bark Marques, a tall ship

Philadelphia Soul

The Philadelphia Soul are a professional arena football team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They compete in the Arena Football League (AFL). The Soul have made five ArenaBowl appearances, winning their first appearance (2008 against the San Jose SaberCats) and losing their next two appearances (2012 and 2013 both to the Arizona Rattlers). The Soul won in their fourth appearance, against the Rattlers in 2016, winning 56–42. They also won in their fifth appearance in 2017 against the Tampa Bay Storm, winning 44–40.

The club was established in 2004 when a group, led by Jon Bon Jovi, secured the rights to an AFL franchise in Philadelphia. The AFL folded before the proposed 2009 season was to begin, but was purchased and revived in 2010. After two seasons of inactivity in 2009 and 2010, the Soul returned in 2011 headed by Ron Jaworski.

Robert Meachem

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Willie Snead IV

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