Best Saints By The Numbers: #12
All summer long, we’re going to list the best players in New Orleans Saints history to wear every number, 00-99.
Yesterday, we did #11
The pick: Marques Colston
When picking the best Saints player ever to wear #12, the choice is limited to quarterbacks Bobby Scott, Babe Laufenberg, Kevin Ingram, Billy Joe Hobert, Jake and Delhomme, punter Tom McNeil, and receiver Marques Colston.
This one is obvious, as Colston, who has played for the Saints for the last nine years, has been one of the most consistently productive players, at any position, in franchise history.
After finishing his collegiate career at Hofstra, Colston was taken by the Saints in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft.
Colston immediately paid dividends fro the Saints, catching 70 passes for 1,038 yards and 8 touchdowns in his rookie season, before following that up with 98 catches for 1,202 yards and 11 touchdowns, all career-highs in 2007.
Those 168 catches from 2006-2007 gave Colston an NFL record for the most catches by a player in his first two years in the league.
After an injury-plagued 2008 season, Colston bounced back with four-consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards, before accumulating over 1,800 more receiving yards over the last two seasons.
A native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Colston caught 7 passes for 83 yards in the Saints' Super Bowl XLIV win over the Indianapolis Colts.
In nine in the NFL, all with the Saints, Colston has compiled 666 receptions for 9,239 yards and 68 touchdowns, all franchise records.
When the 2015 NFL season begins, Colston will be 33-years old, but he continues to play at a high level.