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Marques Colston, the leading wide receiver in New Orleans Saints’ history, not only owns a Super Bowl Championship ring, but he is a standout entrepreneur and businessman beyond his athletic life.  Colston, a quietly-spoken man who has a tattoo, “The Quiet Storm,” on both of his triceps, allows his actions to tell his story and personality in both football and business. “That’s just me,” he has been quoted as saying, “I’ve always been an under-the- radar type of guy, but I go to work every day and try to get better.”    He is a dedicated family man, married to Emily Colston, and they have two children, son Austin (4) and daughter Mia (1). The Colston's reside in Medford, New Jersey.

Marques E. Colston, born and raised in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, attended Susquehanna Township High School where he lettered in football, basketball, and track.  Despite earning all-conference honors as a wide receiver and defensive end, Colston was not heavily recruited and accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the private Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

Colston was to play sparingly as a freshman at Hofstra until an injury at the receiver position catapulted him into a starting role after only seven games. He embraced the chance and went on to appear in 40 contests (37 starts) in his career, posting a personal best 70 receptions for 976 yards as a senior which earned him all Atlantic-10 1st Team honors.  For his career at Hofstra, Colston ranked 3rd all-time with 182 receptions, and 2nd all-time with 2,834 yards.

Colston graduated from Hofstra University with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies in the winter of 2005.

Following a strong senior season, Colston was selected to play in the 81st Annual East-West Shrine Game, a college all-star game for bowl eligible players. His performance (5 rec, 82 yards, TD) sent a strong signal to NFL organizations that he had both the passion, and the ability, to have an impact at the next level.

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.

Colston, who has always had an interest in business, is a “serial entrepreneur” and active investor when he is away from the football field. His first business endeavor was in his hometown of Harrisburg, PA in 2012, when he joined the ownership group of the Harrisburg Stampede, a professional indoor football team.  After one year as a minority partner, he acquired sole ownership and took on the role of President/General Manager. The team won the league championship in 2013, the first for the organization. In addition to helping the Stampede to their first title, Colston helped grow the organization off the field. Corporate partnership revenue grew exponentially during his three year tenure, and the organization activated numerous community outreach programs geared towards positively impacting the Central Pennsylvania region.

His passion for entrepreneurship has grown significantly over the last four years. In 2014 Colston joined the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League as a minority owner, joining the likes of household NFL names such as Ron Jaworski, Dick Vermeil, and Saints’ teammate Jahri Evans.

In addition to the Philadelphia Soul, Colston is a Partner and active investor in multiple ventures including:

  • IBR Ventures – “Influence Based Return,” is an athlete-centered venture group focusing on educating, influencing, and monetizing a talent's brand influence on society.
  • Dynasty Sports Group – A sports licensing and distribution company that connects athletes and sports-related businesses to innovative wellness and performance solutions
  • D1 Sports Performance – D1 provides custom sports training programs, boot camps, expert coaching, and the latest in sports therapy to athletes of all ages.
  • Sports Testing, Inc. – A technology company that provides state-of-the-art athletic data management software and assessment hardware
  • WAT-AAH! – An innovative and functional bottled water company targeting adolescents
  • Enerskin – The first high-tech compression silicone-taping hybrid with U.S. patented technology
  • Buzztable – A wait list app and a guest management platform for restaurants which was acquired by Sysco Foods (SYY)
  • The Water Initiative – A healthy water solutions company providing customizable POD solutions for consumers across the globe

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