Plenty of NFL players would love to get into ownership after their careers end. Saints receiver Marques Colston has decided not to wait.
While Colston doesn’t hold a piece of an NFL team (yet), Gary Estwick of the Baton Rouge Advocate explains that Colston is now the majority owner of the Harrisburg (Pa.) Stampede. Colston, who recently turned 30, bought the team as part of his preparations for a post-football career.
“As I continue to put years into [the NFL], there’s some point where you’re going to transition out of it, whether it’s on your own terms or not,” Colston told Estwick. “So when the opportunity presented itself, I felt like it was a pretty good one to take advantage of.”
Not surprisingly, the player is a player’s owner, visiting the local mall with players and staff to sell tickets, carrying portable bleachers into the arena, and assisting with installation of the team’s playing field. ”
You wouldn’t even know he’s a millionaire and starter in the NFL,” receiver Scorpio Brown told Estwick. “It’s humbling to know he’s so down to earth.”
So far, Colston is off to a great start. On Saturday night, the Stampede won the American Indoor Football championship, defeating the Cape Fear Heroes, 57-42.
It’s a great example of a player realizing that every current NFL player eventually will be a former NFL player. And that mindset surely makes it easier for any NFL player to accept when it’s time to trade the “current” label for “former.”