The Quiet Storm opens up

One of the most satisfying aspects of following sports is identifying the team or player who defies the odds to achieve success. 

In the world of sports, where incessant hype and noise corrupt much (though, thankfully, not all) of what make the games and its combatants so compelling, the appearance of an individual whose profile cuts against the grain is a refreshing change of pace.

ESPN The Magazine recognizes just such a character in this excellent piece by Anna Katherine Clemmons, featuring the New Orleans Saints’ Marques Colston

Marques Colston

Colston, the pride of Hofstra University – ironically profiled during a week in which the Hofstra Pride learned that their football program was being eliminated immediately – is a cornerstone of the Saints passing game as their perfect season continues toward a potential Super Bowl appearance.

A 7th-round draft choice of the Saints in 2006 who helped lead the Saints to the NFC Championship Game that season while earning a 2nd-place tie for Rookie of the Year, Colston is on his way to becoming the most prolific wide receiver in New Orleans Saints history.

Possibly more impressive than his stats, however, is the path that he took to the NFL (a lifelong dream for him and his father, who passed away when Colston was 14) and the way that this man, nicknamed “The Quiet Storm”, has carried himself leading up to and during his professional career.

It’s actually a little surprising to see such an in-depth feature on a player who is the anti-T.O., but maybe ESPN is realizing that the heart and soul of the NFL is the good guys who don’t demand the spotlight and who take care of their business in the most professional manner.

You’ll find yourself rooting for Colston, if not the Saints, by reading his story.  Check it out. 

And don’t be surprised to find yourself paying a little extra attention when his receiving touchdowns – 7 more already this season – inevitably make their way into future game highlights.

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~ by acm213 on December 4, 2009.

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