Last week, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston immortalized himself in the Saints record book by becoming the all-time leader in touchdown receptions. This week he can add his name next to another record.
Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; New Orleans Saints receiver Marques Colston (12) fights for a catch in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Colston has had another solid season with the New Orleans Saints recording 78 catches, 1102 receiving yards, and eight touchdowns. He only needs six more receptions to break Eric Martin’s career record of 532 catches.
He is also close to breaking Martin’s career record of 7,854 receiving yards, trailing by only 512 yards. Retired Saints running back Deuce McCallister remembered having his doubts when new head coach Sean Payton opted to start Colston over veteran wide out Donte Stallworth.
Now he is extremely proud of the player he has become and now sees what Payton saw in him from the very beginning.
"Seeing him put in the time – and going over the middle catching balls. It was never about himself, always about the team. He’s never been one to gloat, to say it was all about him. He’s an extremely hard worker. – Deuce McCallister on Colston becoming all-time touchdown leader"
McCallister actually believes that Colston would have had better numbers if he was not playing in the Saints offense. Drew Brees has so many options on offense that Colston can often get lost in the crowd; except when he absolutely needs a good play.
"He is Mr. Dependable, Mr. Steady. When you need a play, I know I can always count on him. He’s really fought through a lot throughout his career, especially this year, just battling injuries and always being there, always being ready."
Brees and Colston are currently 12th on the NFL’s all-time touchdown connection list. With one more touchdown against the Carolina Panthers they can move up to a tie for eighth with Favre/Freeman, Rodgers/Jennings, and Graham/Lavelli.