Through nine seasons, Colston has established himself as one of the NFL’s most difficult-to-defend targets. The 6-4, 225-pound red zone target has recorded 666 catches for 9,239 yards (13.9 avg.) and 68 receiving touchdowns, which is ranked fourth in the NFL since 2006, to put him among the club’s all-time leaders in every receiving category. The former Hofstra standout’s currently ranked first in franchise record books in receptions, receiving yardage, receiving touchdowns, total touchdowns and second in 100-yard receiving performances (27). Colston is explosive, notching six games with 150 yards or more, yet he’s gone about it while keeping a low profile, emerging as an impact player soon after being drafted 252nd overall in 2006. Since his arrival, Colston has led the Saints in receiving yardage five times and holds the franchise record with six 1,000-yard seasons. In 2014, Colston had 59 grabs for 902 yards (15.3 avg.), adding five touchdowns to lead the wide receiver corps.
NFL CAREER – Through nine seasons, Colston has established himself as one of the NFL’s most difficult-to-defend targets. The 6-4, 225-pound red zone target has recorded 666 catches for 9,239 yards (13.9 avg.) and 68 receiving touchdowns, which is ranked fourth in the NFL since 2006, to put him among the club’s all-time leaders in every receiving category. The former Hofstra standout’s currently ranked first in franchise record books in receptions, receiving yardage, receiving touchdowns, total touchdowns and second in 100-yard receiving performances (27). Colston is explosive, notching six games with 150 yards or more, yet he’s gone about it while keeping a low profile, emerging as an impact player soon after being drafted 252nd overall in 2006. Since his arrival, Colston has led the Saints in receiving yardage five times and holds the franchise record with six 1,000-yard seasons. In 2014, Colston had 59 grabs for 902 yards (15.3 avg.), adding five touchdowns to lead the wide receiver corps.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Agreed to terms on a five-year contract, 3/13/12; Signed to a three-year contract extension, 7/23/08; Signed to a three-year contract, 7/18/06; Selected by New Orleans in the seventh round (252nd overall) in the 2006 NFL Draft.
HONORS – 2013: USA Today All-Joe; 2012: USA Today All-Joe; 2011: USA Today All-Joe; 2010: USA Today All-Joe; 2006: Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie; Dallas Morning News All-Rookie; NFL Rookie of the Month (October).
2014 – Saw action in all 16 games with 13 starts and hauled in 59 receptions for 902 yards (15.3 avg.) and five touchdown grabs. Moved into 50th in NFL history for catches (666), 52nd for receiving yards (9,239) and a tie for 39th in touchdown grabs (68)…Started season opener at Atlanta, Sept. 7 and caught five passes for a team-high 110 yards (22.0 avg.) including a season-long 57-yard catch…After failing to record a catch at Cleveland, Sept. 14, his consecutive regular season games streak with a catch ended at 86, ranked second in club record books. Recorded two receptions for 25 yards, including an 18-yard fourth quarter touchdown, vs. Minnesota, Sept. 21…Finished with six receptions for a team-high 111 yards (18.5 avg.) at Detroit, Oct. 19…Tallied four catches for 82 yards (20.5 avg.) and a touchdown vs. Baltimore, Nov. 24…At Chicago, Dec. 15, caught five passes for 65 yards and a touchdown…Led the team with six receptions for 80 yards vs. Atlanta, Dec. 21…Started and hauled in two receptions for 51 yards (25.5 avg.), including a 36-yard touchdown, at Tampa Bay, Dec. 28. It was Colston’s 68th career touchdown connection with QB Drew Brees, making the duo the fifth most prolific QB-receiver combo in touchdowns of all-time. 2013 – Colston played in 15 games with 11 starts and led the Saints wide receiver corps in catches and yardage with 75 receptions for 943 yards with five touchdowns. Became club’s all-time leader in both receiving and receiving yardage during season. Also played in both postseason games, starting one and led club in receiving with 13 receptions for 160 yards and one touchdown…In season opener vs. Atlanta, Sept. 8, Colston became the club’s all-time receptions leader with his second quarter 25-yard touchdown grab, part of a day where he recorded five catches for 68 yards…Started and caught four passes for 63 yards (15.8 avg.), at Tampa Bay, Sept. 16. His 31-yard reception on New Orleans’ final drive put the Saints at the Buccaneers nine-yard line in position for the game-winning 27-yard field goal as time expired…Started and hauled in five grabs for 71 yards vs. Arizona, Sept. 22…Vs. Dallas, Nov. 10, he started and caught seven passes for 107 yards and one touchdown…Caught five passes for 80 yards (16.0 avg.) as he became the club’s all-time leader in receiving yardage and total yards from scrimmage (7,930), moving past former Saints wideout Eric Martin vs. San Francisco, Nov. 17…Started and led team in receiving vs. Carolina, Dec. 8, with a season-high nine receptions for 125 yards with two touchdowns, surpassing the 8,000 career receiving yardage mark as well…Started and recorded team-high 92 yards on eight receptions and added a touchdown grab at St. Louis, Dec. 15…At Carolina, Dec. 22, started and tied for team lead with five receptions for 63 yards including a season-long 35-yard catch…Caught a team-high six passes for 67 yards in regular season finale vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 29…In NFC Divisional Playoff at Seattle, 1/11/14, had 11 receptions for 144 yards with a nine-yard touchdown, setting postseason career-highs in catches and receiving yardage. 2012 – Appeared in all 16 games with 13 starts. Became the franchise’s all-time leader in receiving touchdowns and total touchdowns (58) and moved into a tie for first in receiving (532). Led Saints with 1,154 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns on 83 receptions, which ranked second on the club. Reached 1,000-yard receiving plateau for the sixth time in his seven-year career. Generated three 100-yard receiving efforts with 153 yards at Green Bay (9/30) and at Dallas (12/23) and 131 yards vs. San Diego (10/7). Finished tenth in the NFC and 16th in the NFL in receptions, eighth in the conference and 13th in the league in yardage and tied for eighth in the NFC and 13th in the NFL in third down receptions (24). Tied for fourth in conference and seventh in league in touchdown grabs and ninth in the NFC and 15th in the NFL in scoring among nonkickers (60). Team-best 65 first downs, tied for ninth in the conference and 17th in the league…Amassed 153 yards, the fifth highest total of his career, and one touchdown on a game-high nine receptions (17.0 avg.) at Green Bay, Sept. 30…Hauled in game-high nine catches for 131 yards, including three touchdowns, tying his career-high vs. San Diego, Oct. 7. Eight of his nine grabs went for first downs and four came on third down…Tallied 73 yards and a 17-yard touchdown on seven receptions at Tampa Bay, Oct. 21…Registered three catches for 26 yards with one touchdown reception, tying club record for total touchdowns (56) held by Deuce McAllister vs. Atlanta, Nov. 11…Caught four passes for 69 yards (17.3 avg.) at Oakland, Nov. 18, with his final grab being the 500th of his career…Became club’s all-time touchdown leader, when he hauled in four receptions for 36 yards vs. San Francisco with a scoring grab, Nov. 25…Played in 100th career game and produced three receptions for 60 yards (20.0 avg.) vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 16…Made ten receptions for 153 yards (15.3 avg.), tying his fifth-highest yardage total at Dallas, Dec. 23. Combined with RB Darren Sproles (104) for the 11th time the Saints have had two 100-yard receivers in the same game…Posted five catches for 52 yards with two touchdowns in season finale vs. Carolina, Dec. 30, tying Martin as the club’s all-time receiving leader with his 532nd career reception. 2011 – Appeared in 14 games with seven starts and finished with 80 receptions for 1,143 yards (14.3 avg.) and eight touchdowns. Tied for eighth in the NFC and 12th in the NFL in receptions. Ranked ninth in NFC and 14th in NFL in yardage. Had nine receptions of 25 yards or more and 55 of his catches went for first downs. Hauled in six passes for 81 yards in NFL opener at Green Bay, Sept. 8. Suffered a shoulder injury in the game’s final drive that required surgery and sidelined him for the next two games...Caught seven passes for 118 yards and his first touchdown of season at Tampa Bay, Oct. 16…Had two touchdown catches and 98 yards on seven receptions vs. Indianapolis, Oct. 23…At Atlanta, Nov. 13, had arguably one of his best career performances, making eight receptions for 113 yards. All eight receptions went for first downs and four catches were on third downs…For second straight week, each of Colston’s receptions (three) went for first downs for a total of 78 yards (26.0 avg.) vs. N.Y. Giants, Nov. 28…Caught seven passes for 105 yards (15.0 avg.) and two touchdowns at Tennessee, Dec. 11…Led the team in receptions with eight catches for 91 yards at Minnesota, Dec. 18…Led the Saints in receiving with seven receptions for 81 yards with one touchdown vs. Atlanta, Dec. 26…Caught seven passes for 145 yards (20.7 avg.) and two touchdowns in the regular season finale vs. Carolina, 1/1/12 and became the first Saint to go over the 1,000 yard mark five times…Hauled in seven passes for 120 yards (17.1 avg.) in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game vs. Detroit, 1/7/12. Colston’s 40-yard reception in the third quarter was a postseason career-long…Caught nine passes for a postseason career-high 145 yards (16.1 avg.) and one touchdown in NFC Divisional Playoff at San Francisco, 1/14/12. 2010 – Started 11-of the-15 games he appeared in and led Saints in catches and yardage with 84 receptions for 1,023 yards with seven touchdowns and added a one-yard rush. Finished sixth in the NFC and 10th in the NFL in receptions and ninth in the conference and 15th in the league in yardage. Had seven catches of 25 yards or more and a club-best 57 of his catches went for first downs…In NFL season opener vs. Minnesota, Sept. 9, led team with 62 yards on five receptions…Hauled in five grabs for team-best 67 yards at San Francisco, Sept. 20. On game’s last drive, made an acrobatic 30-yard catch to bring Saints to the 49ers 18-yard line to set up game-winning field goal as time expired…Led team in receiving with seven catches for 97 yards at Arizona, Oct. 10…Led team in catches with five receptions for 53 yards at Tampa Bay, Oct. 17. Four of his grabs moved the chains for first downs, including two third down receptions…Led the team in both catches and yardage with eight receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown vs. Cleveland, Oct. 24, starting a productive three-game stretch…Caught six passes for 75 yards with a fourth quarter 16-yard touchdown to extend Saints’ lead to 13-3 on Halloween night vs. Pittsburgh, Oct. 31. His 27-yard grab on a first-and-20 pass play with only 35 seconds left in the second quarter put Saints in field goal range to tie game heading into halftime. Completed a month where he finished with totals of 32 receptions for 373 yards with two touchdowns, tying for the league lead in catches for October…Led club in receiving with eight grabs for 65 yards at Carolina, Nov. 7…Led team in receptions and yardage with eight catches for a season-high 113 yards, including second quarter scoring grabs of 22 and 23 yards at Seattle, Nov. 21…Again led Saints in receiving and yardage with six grabs for 105 yards on Thanksgiving at Dallas, Nov. 25. Fourth quarter 22-yard grab put him in third place on team receiving yardage list past Danny Abramowicz…Reeled in three passes for 65 yards and a touchdown in come-from-behind win at Cincinnati, Dec. 5. Had a first quarter 43-yard catch that put the Saints in field goal range on their first drive. Converted a three-yard scoring reception with 31 seconds remaining that put Saints back up….Had five- and 17-yard touchdown receptions in first quarter on third downs to give Saints a 14-0 lead vs. St. Louis, Dec. 12…Pulled in six passes for a club-best 80 yards at Baltimore, Dec. 19, passing 1,000 yards for season…Returned to starting lineup 11 days after undergoing knee surgery that caused him to miss regular season finale vs. Tampa Bay, 1/2/11 and in NFC Wild Card Playoff at Seattle, 1/8/11, and caught four passes for 66 yards. 2009 – Played in all 16 games, starting 14 contests and led club with 70 catches and 1,074 yards (15.3 avg). Tied for the team-lead with nine receiving touchdowns and added a six-yard rush. Had 12 catches of 25 yards or more and a team-leading 54 of his grabs went for first downs. Added 15 catches for 188 yards in three playoff games, including six for 83 and a two-yard touchdown vs. Arizona and seven grabs for 83 yards in Super Bowl XLIV…Caught 25th career touchdown in season opener vs. Detroit, Sept. 13…Led team vs. Philadelphia, Sept. 20, with two first half touchdowns (15 and 25 yards) on a team-high eight catches for 98 yards…Had a season-high 166 yards and one touchdown on eight catches vs. N.Y. Giants, Oct. 18, including a 40-yard reception…Led club with five catches for 72 yards and a 10-yard touchdown at Miami, Oct. 25…Nov. 2 vs. Atlanta, led team again with six catches for 85 yards and an 18-yard touchdown…Vs. New England, Nov. 30, caught four passes for 121 yards, including a season-long 68-yard reception and a 20-yard touchdown. Combined with Devery Henderson (three receptions for 116 yards) for the eighth time a Saints duo had 100-yards receiving…Had a 40-yard touchdown at Washington, Dec. 6…At Atlanta, Dec. 13, started and had six receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown…Led team with 86 yards on five grabs vs. Dallas, Dec. 19…Crossed 1,000-yard mark for year with 77 yards on eight grabs vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 27. 2008 – Played in 11 games with six starts. Finished with 47 catches for 760 yards (16.2 avg.) with five touchdowns. Of receptions, 12 were of 20 yards or more, and 35 went for a first down. Capped season with extremely productive three-game stretch, hauling in 22 passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns…Suffered torn ligament in left thumb in opener vs. Tampa Bay, Sept. 7. Had three catches for 26 yards in contest, but was forced to leave game. Injury required surgery and would be placed on inactive list for the next five games. Spent most of season with a protective brace on his left hand and also played much of the 2008 campaign with an injured knee…Oct. 26 vs. San Diego, hauled in two passes for 56 yards, including a 49-yard catch and run…Returned to the starting lineup at Atlanta, Nov. 9 and had seven grabs for 140 yards with 48-yard reception…Nov. 24 vs. Green Bay, had a 70-yard touchdown catch…At Tampa Bay, Nov. 30, had six catches for 106 yards….At Chicago, Dec. 11, hauled in six passes for 84 yards and a touchdown…Posted nine grabs for 99 yards and two touchdowns at Detroit, Dec. 21…Notched third 100-yard day of season in finale vs. Carolina, Dec. 28, recording seven catches for 123 yards and a touchdown. 2007 – Played in all 16 games, starting 14 and led club with 98 catches for 1,202 yards and 11 touchdowns. Reception total was then a team record and touchdown total tied a team record. Also led team with 64 first downs and had 14 catches of 20 yards or more. Led club in receptions in 10 contests, recorded eight or more catches in eight games, and caught at least one touchdown in seven games…Had eight catches for 70 yards at Tampa Bay, including a four-yard touchdown, Sept. 16…Led team with four grabs for 68 yards vs. Tennessee, Sept. 24…Hauled in touchdowns - of 17, three and 15 yards - at San Francisco, Oct. 28. Led the club with eight catches for 85 yards…Posted a season-best 10 grabs for 159 yards vs. Jacksonville, Nov. 4. Eight of his catches moved the chains for first downs…Followed with eight catches for 129 yards, vs. St. Louis, Nov. 11…At Houston, Nov. 18, notched his third-consecutive 100-yards receiving afternoon with nine receptions for 118 yards...Continued his hot streak at Carolina, Nov. 25, with seven catches for 93 yards - including a season-long 45-yard grab, completing a November when he ranked second in the NFL in receiving with 34 catches for 499 yards…Dec. 10 at Atlanta, hauled in nine passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns…Had an eight-catch, 114-yard performance vs. Arizona, Dec. 16, including a 19-yard touchdown…At Chicago, Dec. 30, caught eight passes for 94 yards before departing early in third quarter with injured wrist. Had two touchdown grabs - including a 21-yard catch-and-run in the second quarter that tied what was then the club single-season record for TD catches. 2006 – Played in 14 games with 12 starts. Inactive at Atlanta, Nov. 26, and vs. San Francisco, Dec. 3, with ankle injury sustained vs. Cincinnati, Nov. 19. Led NFL rookies with a team-high 1,038 receiving yards, a club record for rookies. Eight receiving touchdowns tied club rookie record (Donté Stallworth, 2002). Had 869 receiving yards after his first nine games – the quickest start of any player in league history. Started both postseason contests and had 10 catches for 118 yards, including five for 63 yards and a 13-yard touchdown in NFC Championship game at Chicago. Had 15 catches of 20 or more yards, including four of plus-40…Opened career with four catches for 49 yards and 12-yard scoring grab at Cleveland, Sept. 10…At Green Bay, Sept. 17, notched four grabs for 58 yards with a fourth quarter 35-yard touchdown that gave the Saints the lead after once trailing 13-0…Didn't start but had seven receptions for 97 yards vs. Atlanta, Sept. 25...Started at Carolina, Oct. 1, and had five catches for 132 yards and a fourth quarter 86-yard touchdown - the longest in club history for a rookie. The last players in NFL record books to have a receiving touchdown of 86 yards or more within their first four NFL games were Pittsburgh QB Mark Malone, who in his third contest had a 90-yard scoring grab in 1981, and Detroit RB Billy Sims, who had an 87-yard TD catch in his second game…Posted six receptions for 163 yards (27.2) and two touchdowns vs. Baltimore, Oct. 29. Scoring grabs were of 25 and 47 yards in the fourth quarter, and also had a 53-yard grab. Combined with Joe Horn (126) to give the Saints two 100-yard receivers. Yardage total was highest in club history for a rookie at that point…Named the NFL Rookie of the Month for October, a span where Colston had 373 yards and four touchdowns…At Tampa Bay, Nov. 5, recorded career-best 11 grabs for 123 yards and a touchdown. Set club rookie record with third 100-yard day. Combined with Henderson (111) for seventh time the Saints had two 100-yard receivers in same game. It was the first time the club had a duo achieve the feat in back-to-back games…Notched 10 catches for 169 yards at Pittsburgh, Nov. 12, breaking his two-week-old club record for most receiving yards in a game by a rookie. Over the previous three-game stretch, he recorded 27 catches for 455 yards and three TDs, the best three-game totals in club history…Suffered a sprained ankle early vs. Cincinnati, Nov. 19, and missed the next two games…Had five catches for 78 yards (15.6 avg.) vs. Washington, Dec. 17 and went over 1,000 yards on season, becoming first rookie in team history to reach the milestone.
COLLEGE – Four-year standout at Hofstra, appearing in 40 career games with 37 starts and posting 182 catches for 2,834 yards with 22 touchdowns…All-Atlantic 10 as a redshirt senior in 2005 after hauling in career-high 70 receptions for 975 yards and nine touchdowns…Sidelined in 2004 while recovering from a shoulder injury…As a junior in 2003, led the team with 51 receptions for 910 yards (17.8 avg.) and seven touchdowns…As a sophomore 2002, recorded 47 grabs for 614 yards and three touchdowns… Posted 14 catches for 335 yards (23.9 avg.) and three touchdowns as a freshman in 2001…Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies.
PERSONAL – Lone player the Saints have drafted out of Hofstra…Attended Susquehanna Township (Pa.) HS, where he lettered four times in football and was a three-year member of track team…All-conference at wide receiver and defensive end as senior…Had 37 catches for 412 yards and blocked three PATs in 2000…Also serves as a minority owner of the Arena Football League Philadelphia Soul franchise…Made a donation to a local hospital to purchase an X-ray system for infants…Born June 5, 1983 in Harrisburg, Pa.
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Saints quarterback Drew Brees finds Marques Colston for an 11-yard TD in the fourth quarter Monday, Dec. 21.