Colston quietly makes history for the Saints

AP

In football, the receiver position historically has either attracted or created guys who crave attention.  There are plenty of exceptions, but since they neither attract nor crave attention we often don’t know who they are.

One of those guys is Saints receiver Marques Colston.  Against the Falcons on Sunday, he became the leading receiver in franchise history with a touchdown reception in the first half.

So what happened when Colston made his 533rd career reception?  As explained by Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times Picayune, Colston simply pointed to the sky and then retrieved the ball.

After the game, Colston was handed a game ball.  But there was no other fanfare.  While some receivers would have assumed the “hurt bunny” demeanor if the game hadn’t been stopped for the appropriate showering of praise, that’s not Colston.

It holds back guys like Colston, because we tend to pay attention to the guys who seek it.  In this case, we’re paying attention to Colston even though he doesn’t.

41 responses to “Colston quietly makes history for the Saints

  1. It’s unbelievable this guy has never been to a pro bowl… Since his rookie year in 2006 he has done nothing but put up 1,000 yard seasons except one that he missed about 5 games and still had over 900 yards receiving.

  2. Just because a guy seeks attention doesn’t mean we have to give it to them. I get that the more sensational news is what sells but every now and then I wish we could spend a little more time on the Marques Colstons and Heath Millers of the world – guys who just go out, do their job and do it well, all with little to no fanfare.

  3. Marques Colston has never made a Pro Bowl. That says more about the Pro Bowl selection process than it does about Colston.

  4. Colston is awesome. He gets fewer catches than other #1 receivers(never caught 100 balls in a season) because of how well the offense spreads the ball around but he never complains, just goes out and makes plays especially on 3rd down where Brees loves to go to him. Totally underrated outside N.O.

  5. Won’t get his first selection bid this year either. Not with Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, Larry Fitzgerald, Julio Jones, Roddy White, Brandon Marshall in the same conference.

    Maybe he should jump to the AFC where he’d only have Andre Johnson and AJ Green to beat.

  6. Guys like Colston remind me that there is still a little bit of humility and dignity in the world for those few who can appreciate it. Then there are the types who cater to the majority, who see pulling a Sharpie out of one’s sock as quality, high class entertainment. Everything is in perfect balance.

  7. You gotta love people that quietly go about their business. We need to make sure they get the recognition they deserve. Congrats Marques. You lead by example.

  8. Svc85 yeah I def agree. The probowl has been a joke for some years now. The fact that Derek Anderson was in one should say something. I honestly think they should go back to the skills competitions. Those were fun to watch and it might persuade some of those tom Brady like players who get voted in every year and not go to actually attend it.

  9. Won’t get his first selection bid this year either. Not with Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, Larry Fitzgerald, Julio Jones, Roddy White, Brandon Marshall in the same conference

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    And you have to add Cruz, and after Sundays showing, Desean Jackson.

    The NFC is stocked with terrific receivers.

    Megatron and Fitz should be locks almost every year though. They are the best in the game, bar none. Julio is approaching that platitude a bit, but we shall find out this year.

  10. Maybe one reason why he isn’t the typical diva WR is that he started out as a TE, and converted to WR when he was drafted. But he’s kept that team-first mentality all throughout.

    Some of the pundits don’t consider him a “true” #1 receiver because, they say, his numbers aren’t that impressive given how many passes Drew Brees throws and completes. (Apparently he’s only ever once caught 20% of his team’s receptions.) But the numbers speak for themselves. Other guys come and go, but he’s there year in, year out, 70+ catches, 1000+ yards, 7+ touchdowns.

    The Pro Bowl might not want him, but there isn’t a team in the league that wouldn’t grab him in a heartbeat if he came available.

  11. Colston is super consistent, a workman. He does his work without drama, without fanfare, no prima donna. He is a team player, and a fine man. He handles his life, the way he handles his business on the field. A good asset to the Saints and New Orleans.

  12. I get that people can appreciate how quiet Colston is…

    But there’s a much more proven receiver in Andre Johnson who is just as if not more quiet when it comes to bragging or showboating. And he’s from THE U of all places where you think you’d get a big showboat player.

    Bottom line is, Colston’s abilities are IN PART under appreciated because he’s quiet. But also in part due to the fact he had a lot of trouble staying healthy and being on the field for a full season. And his QB really is good enough that he has plenty of other options and used them effectively.

    If Colston played with a worse QB who couldn’t make progressions and only threw to his first target… He ‘d probably have better individual stats.

  13. bla bla bla says: Sep 11, 2013 12:31 PM

    mrlaloosh says:
    Sep 11, 2013 12:23 PM

    Best 7th round pick EVER!

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    Sorry, but that distinction goes to Donald Driver.

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    Shannon Sharpe would have something to say about both of those claims. Scratch that, with Sharpe it’s more likely to be A LOT to say.

  14. I hope Marques Colston reads PFT, because I would like to tell him what a great example he has set for young high school and college players. In an era full of clowns with a “Hey look at me” mentality, he is proof positive that you don’t have to be a selfish divan to be a great player.

  15. “daysend564 says:
    Sep 11, 2013 12:35 PM
    Won’t get his first selection bid this year either. Not with Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, Larry Fitzgerald, Julio Jones, Roddy White, Brandon Marshall in the same conference.

    Maybe he should jump to the AFC where he’d only have Andre Johnson and AJ Green to beat.”
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    How about he stays in the NFC and makes another run at a title? Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, Larry Fitzgerald, Julio Jones, Roddy White, Brandon Marshall all have ZERO rings. Colston beat them all where it really matters.

  16. bla bla bla says: Sep 11, 2013 12:31 PM

    mrlaloosh says:
    Sep 11, 2013 12:23 PM

    Best 7th round pick EVER!

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    Sorry, but that distinction goes to Donald Driver.

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    Driver has 7 1000 yard seasons in 14 years
    Colston has 6 1000 yard seasons in 7 years

    Driver has 61 TDs in 14 season
    Colston has 58 in 7 season

    I guess that blows up that argument!!!!

  17. @ daysend564:

    Why don’t we ask Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, Larry Fitzgerald, Julio Jones, Roddy White, and Brandon marshall if they would rather go to the pro bowl or have a championship ring? I’d take a team full of Colstons over a team full of Brandon Marshalls or Roddy Whites any day of the week.

  18. To correct a comment above, Colston was never a tight end. NFL scouts had him projected as a tight end for the draft but he never played TE in college, nor did the Saints ever play him at TE.

  19. First, Colston’s numbers are impressive. But, when you look at the numbers, even in this era of passing, NO ONE is anywhere close to Rice’s record. Gonzalez, second on the list, playing for as long as he has and having only missed TWO games, is still 300 receptions behind.

  20. Congrats to Colston!!

    But where is the story that when Andre Johnson caught 10 plus catches on MNF he became the league leader with 19, 10 plus catch games and all he did was walk back to the huddle to get ready for the next play?

  21. Always, always draft him in fantasy leagues when available, people pass on him, i just swoop him and carry on. Mr Consistent.

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