No one noticed, but Saints wide receiver Marques Colston broke the Saints all-time receptions record this past Sunday after hauling in his 533rd receptions on a 25 touchdown pass against the Falcons.
Colston’s 25-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter was his 533rd catch in eight seasons, moving him ahead of Eric Martin on the club’s all-time list.
Colston now is the Saints’ career leader in receptions, touchdowns and touchdown receptions. Yet, he remains the most underrated star on the roster, the least appreciated great player in Saints history and the most overlooked receiver in the NFL.
He is only the seventh player to have 1,000 receiving yards in six of their first seven NFL seasons. His 7,462 career receiving yardage total is the ninth-highest total in the NFL since 2006. He joins Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and Brandon Marshall as the only wideouts age 30 and younger to rank among the Top 20 active players in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptions. Yet, the aforementioned high-profile trio has combined for 14 Pro Bowl appearances and four first-team All-Pro honors. Incredibly, Colston still awaits his first Pro Bowl appearance.
It’s really interesting that Colston could very well be the greatest receiver in Saints history, but he often gets overlooked because of how quiet he is on and off the field. He doesn’t conduct any touchdown dances that will give him the attention that other players crave. He also seems to stay out of trouble off the field.
Congrats to Colston on achieving such a big milestone in his career.