Colston’s dream to play in the NFL became a reality in 2006 when the New Orleans Saints selected him late in the 7th round (252nd pick overall). A diligent student of the game, Colston arrived ready to compete in his first training camp. His strong work ethic made a distinct impression on the Saint’s coaching staff, and by the conclusion of training camp Colston had moved up the depth chart to be honored as an opening day starter for the 2006 season.
Colston made the most of his opportunity, posting a 70 reception, 1038 yard, 7 TD campaign on his way to finishing 3rd in the Rookie of the Year voting. He followed his stellar rookie season with an impressive 98 catch, 1202 yards, and 11 TD season in his second year with the Saints. Colston set an NFL record for most receptions by a player in their first two years (168 receptions), a record that stood for 8 seasons.
The 2009 NFL season was a dream come true for city of New Orleans, as the Saints were victorious in Super Bowl XLIV over the Indianapolis Colts, winning the first Super Bowl in the franchise’s 43-year history. Colston was a key contributor to the Saints’ prolific offense, posting a team leading 70 receptions for 1074 yards and 9 TDs during the regular season. Colston was instrumental in the Saints’ postseason run, adding 15 receptions for 188 yards in the postseason, including a team-high 7 receptions for 83 yards in Super Bowl XLIV in Miami.
In ten successful seasons with the New Orleans Saints, the seventh round pick out of Hofstra University has left his mark on the Saints’ history books. Colston currently holds a majority of the Saints’ franchise receiving records including, but not limited to: career receptions (711), YDs (9759), receiving and total touchdowns (72), and most 1000 YD seasons (6).
After the completion of the 2015 NFL season, Colston is just 241 YDs shy of joining the exclusive 10,000 yard club, a feat reached by only 45 other players in NFL history.