Thursday, October 02, 2014

Soul add Marques Colston to ownership group

PHILADELPHIA  – New Orleans Saints star receiver Marques Colston is now a part owner of the  Philadelphia Soul.

A Medford, N.J. resident, Colston joins the existing ownership group which consists of Craig Spencer, current ESPN analyst and former Eagles star Ron Jaworski, Pete Ciarrocchi, Cosmo DeNicola and Marty Judge.

“Adding Marques only elevates our already strong ownership group and organization,” said Jaworski.  “He clearly has a vision of ‘life after football’ and is serious about his involvement with the business side of sports.  Marques is a champion on the field and shares our core values and drive to be the best on and off the field.”

Colston was drafted by the Saints in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft after playing his college football at Hofstra.  He holds the NFL record for most receptions in a player's first two seasons with 168 and helped the Saints achieve victory in Super Bowl XLIV with seven receptions for 83 yards. 

Since his arrival in the Bayou, Colston had led the Saints in receiving yardage five times and holds the franchise record with six 1,000-yard seasons.  He is also the New Orleans franchise leader in receiving yards (8,522), yards from scrimmage (8,529), receiving touchdowns (64), total touchdowns (64), and total receptions (619).

“I’m excited to join not only a great group of men that I am now proud call my new business partners, but also an organization that is committed to excellence,” said Colston.  “The Arena Football League is an amazing product with top notch football talent.  I look forward to working with my partners, our players, the staff, our corporate partners, the season ticket holders and fans to continue to make the Soul the premier organization in the league.”

In four seasons at Hofstra, Colston appeared in 40 games (37 starts) and recorded 182 catches for a school-record 2,834 yards and 18 touchdowns. Colston was named to the All-Atlantic 10 first team after making a career-high 70 receptions for 976 yards (13.9 avg.) and five touchdowns.

Colston attended Susquehanna Township High School, in Harrisburg, PA and was a letterman in football and track.  In football, he won All-Conference honors as a wide receiver/defensive end.  In track, he qualified for the 2001 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the javelin.

A current resident of Medford, Colston is also the majority owner of his hometown Harrisburg Stampede, currently of the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL). 

With the Stampede, Marques is not only the majority owner, but is also the President and General Manager of the organization and orchestrated the team’s move from the Farm Show Complex to the Giant Center before the 2014 season as well as led the team to become the AIF National Champions in 2013.

There will be a “Meet Marques” event scheduled for Friday, October 10 from 6pm-7pm at Chickie’s and Pete’s in South Philadelphia.  The event is open to the public as the Soul officially welcome Marques to the Soul family.
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