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Monday, November 18, 2013
Colston is Saints' career receiving leader

By Mike Triplett

NEW ORLEANS -- Marques Colston said he was aware he became the New Orleans Saints' all-time leader in receiving yards when he caught his first pass Sunday -- a 14-yarder in the third quarter. But he said at that point in the game, the Saints had more important things to worry about. Like coming from behind to beat the San Francisco 49ers, 23-20.

And true to form, Colston helped them do that. He caught four more passes for 66 yards in the fourth quarter -- including a 20-yard catch with 50 seconds remaining to help set up the game-winning field goal.

“It’s obviously an awesome feeling, but it’s one that I’ll kind of wait until the offseason to reflect on. We’ve still got a lot of football left to play this year,” said Colston, who broke Eric Martin's franchise records for receiving yards and yards from scrimmage.

Colston now has 7,923 receiving yards and 7,930 yards from scrimmage in eight NFL seasons. He also holds the franchise records for receptions (571) and total touchdowns scored (60).

“It’s awesome,” said Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who has thrown all 60 of those touchdown passes to Colston -- the seventh most prolific duo in NFL history. “I thought about this today; I think it is very cool that we have a Ring of Honor now. We had the first three members inducted last week: Archie Manning, Rickey Jackson and Willie Roaf. I was looking up there at those names and I couldn’t help but think of the guys on this team that will be up there. Marques Colston is one of those guys. I’m fortunate to have played with him the last eight years. Hopefully we have quite a few more together.”