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Marques E. Colston (/ˈmɑːrkɪs ˈklstən/ 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
No. 12
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1983-06-05) 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 yearsEdit

Colston's father, James, played briefly in the Canadian Football League.[citation needed] 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 careerEdit

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 careerEdit

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 seasonEdit

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 seasonEdit

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 seasonEdit

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 seasonEdit

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 seasonEdit

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 statisticsEdit

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 recordsEdit

  • 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 lifeEdit

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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  2. ^
  3. ^ "#89 Marques Colston (Football)". Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  4. ^ Marques Colston, WR, Hofstra - 2006 NFL Draft Scout Profile
  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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