Found November 22, 2012 on
Green Bay Packers
New Orleans Saints
San Francisco 49ers
Even now that he has established himself as arguably the NFL's best player, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers still uses the snubs he received along the way as motivation.
Marques Colston is wired differently.
When he sets New Orleans' all-time touchdown record with his next scoring grab, Colston will have a golden chance to stick it to those other 31 teams that believed 251 other players were more worthy of being chosen in the 2006 NFL Draft.
He won't, though. That's because the wide receiver says he has no bitterness about having slipped into the seventh round or being forced to earn a big-money contract the hard way.
"It's never been about other people for me," Colston told FOXSports.com. "It's always been about the dream I've had ever since I was a little boy playing Pop Warner football.
"There's going to be naysayers at every level you get to. For me, it's been about keeping my dream close to my heart and continuing to work to get to it."
Such an approach has served Colston well on his road from college obscurity at Hofstra University, which doesn't even field a football team any more.
Entering the FOX America's Game of the Week against visiting San Francisco (4:25 p.m. ET Sunday), Colston is again leading the Saints with 51 catches for 721 yards and seven touchdowns. Only eight other NFL players have more receiving yards over the past six seasons than Colston with 6,961 on his 500 catches.
And then there are his 55 touchdown catches, leaving Colston tied with ex-Saints running back Deuce McAllister for the most in franchise history.
"It's a great accomplishment in terms of the players who have come before me," Colston said. "I'm really just humbled to be in this position. Even more important is they're meaningful touchdowns for a winning organization.
"I was just fortunate and blessed to come into this situation with a great core of guys and great coaching staff. These are really the guys who have been able to help put me in this position. I credit every accomplishment to the situation more so than just my individual work and things like that."
Colston, though, isn't giving himself enough credit.
He is quarterback Drew Brees' favorite third-down target, which is quite the compliment considering the other offensive talent the Saints field. Colston is especially adept at using his 6-foot-4, 225-pound frame to shield opposing defensive backs.
"He can create mismatches because of his size and length," Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt said after Thursday's practice. "Even with great coverage, Drew can put the ball near his body and he can extend to pluck the ball. And Marcus has become really adept at reading defenses. Whenever you have guys like Drew and Marcus who have played together for so long and in so many big games, they have a great feel for one another."
The 49ers aren't going to make it easy for Colston to set the Saints' touchdown record. San Francisco is coming off a dominant defensive performance in last Monday night's 32-7 whipping of Chicago. Colston also expects plenty of press coverage from whichever of four 49ers cornerbacks he could be matched against -- Carlos Rogers, Tarell Brown, Chris Culliver or Perrish Cox.
And for good reason. Colston burned the 49ers for 136 yards and one touchdown on nine catches last season in the Saints' 36-32 second-round playoff loss.
"They put a lot on their corners to make plays," Colston said. "They have play-makers on every level of the defense. It's going to be one of those games where we're going to have to execute our game plan at a really high level."
One of the most memorable moments in the Saints' 2008 season came when McAllister set the franchise's touchdown mark during a 51-29 rout of Green Bay. A long-time fan favorite, McAllister received a raucous ovation from the Superdome crowd as the running back left the field with the football and hugged head coach Sean Payton.
Colston also plans to keep the ball when he sets the record but says any celebrating will be done in context. Considering his team-first approach, that isn't surprising.
"It will definitely be a big moment for me in my career here as a Saint," said Colston, 29. "But it's only going to be special if we get the win. That's the main focus."
BEST OF MAXIM
His recent 56-yard touchdown jaunt against Atlanta was one of the NFL's top highlights this season.
But the most important runs New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory made were ones nobody ever saw.
The jogs came at 2 a.m. in the snow while he attended Tiffin University, a private college in a small northern Ohio outpost. Tiffin was nothing like Ivory's hometown of...
Of all the NFL's elite players, few have traveled a more curious path than New Orleans Saints right guard Jahri Evans.
He attended a Division II program -- Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania -- on an academic scholarship. He never played organized football until reaching high school. Even then, Evans was forced to miss his senior season because of an injury.
And now? Evans...
New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles is listed as probable to start against the visiting San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Sproles has missed the last three games after having surgery to repair a broken hand. Mark Ingram, Chris Ivory and Pierre Thomas have been combining for carries in place of Sproles.
Last week: 15 (+3)
The Saints are red hot right now, but they’ll need to go at least 5-1 to make the playoffs. The NFC is loaded. If the playoffs started today, there would be two 6-4 teams outside of the playoffs (either Tampa Bay, Seattle, or Minnesota). The Saints are only in 9th place at best in the NFC right now (tied with Dallas). Looking at the rest of their...
Saints linebacker Jon Vilma says he's disappointed that the new schedule for bounty hearings virtually prevents him from being able to personally confront his accusers.
Vilma says he wanted to be present for witness interviews with former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and former defensive assistant Mike Cerullo, who assisted the NFL's investigation into the...
Saints rookie right tackle Bryce Harris is so grateful to have a chance to play in the NFL he isn't about to complain about the timing of his first career start, which is likely to come this Sunday against a San Francisco defense featuring some of the best pass-rushers in the NFL.
''I'm just glad to have the opportunity to start,'' Harris said following practice...
Saints tailback Darren Sproles practiced Wednesday. He is questionable for Sunday's game against San Francisco.Fantasy Spin:Sproles was a late scratch last weekend, but they will need him when facing the formidable 49ers' defense. Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram and Chris Ivory will handle the running back position if Sproles is inactive.
There will never be normalcy for the 2012 New Orleans Saints.
Not without an end in sight to the bounty scandal that surfaced in the offseason.
Not with an interim head coach replacing the suspended Sean Payton and the questions that have developed about the latter's future in New Orleans.
Not following an 0-4 start that has the Saints scrambling to become only the second...
The New Orleans Saints are back in the playoff hunt after an 0-4 start, and nobody should really be surprised.
It was expected to be a shootout between the Oakland Raiders and the New Orleans Saints last Sunday, when the teams collided at the O.Co Coliseum. Well, at least one side did their part and, unfortunately for the Raider Nation, it wasn’t the Silver & Black. The offense led by Carson Palmer could not keep up with Drew Brees and [...]
Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue will finish hearings in the NFL bounty investigation by Dec. 4 and then issue a ruling soon thereafter. According to multiple reports Wednesday, Tagliabue informed league officials and players involved in the case of his plans. He also directed the NFL to make key witnesses available in the New Orleans' Saints' cash-for-hits bounty...