By: Barry Hirstius
Colston, the Saints all-time-leading receiver and touchdown-scorer, was released in the past off-season after his 10 years with the team. Now moving on with his life after his successful NFL career, the former Super Bowl champion is looking to enhance his entrepreneurial relations with companies he has a genuine interest in — in both business AND the sport of football.
According to the website Sport Techie.com, Colston has just been named as a Special Advisor to Sport Testing Inc, a Toronto, Canada-based company aiming to test an athlete’s abilities in all aspects of any sport, by the company’s founder, Jamie Hollins.
“We are extremely excited about working with Marques. Our solution highlights athletes’ strengths and weaknesses, thus providing them with insight into which areas of their game need improvement and helping them reach the next level. With Marques’ background in professional sports and his aligned business vision, we are excited to work together to double our 80 current global partners as early as next year.”
Colston will advise Hollins in the development of a Global Strategy for how Sport Testing can position itself for rapid, global expansion into all aspects of athlete evaluation, monitoring and reporting.
“I am extremely excited to be involved with Sport Testing Inc. We are leveraging technology to help athletes develop in a variety of sports, as well as working globally to monitor and analyze general fitness trends,” said Colston. “Our ability to create global standards and allow our users to compare to real-live data is a game changer.”
Sports Testing’s technology has already been used to test athletes such as Connor McDavid, Andrew Wiggins, Tristan Thompson, PK Subban, and been used by teams and players in the NHL, NFL, NCAA, NLL, KHL, and AFL, as well as the largest youth football organization in the world, American Youth Football (AYF).
Colston also has either an equity stake or management/board position with several companies, including compression apparel start-up Enerskin, sports performance facility D1 Sports, holistic wellness company Timeless Herbal Care, angel network IBR Ventures, nutraceutical company VitaGenesis, healthy water solutions company Watercura, and functional water for kids Wat-Aah!
However —- that’s not all that Colston is busy with.
Back in September 2014, Colston had bought a share of the team; while Jaworski remained the majority owner. Then in August of 2015, additional pieces of the team were sold to Colston’s former Saints teammate, Philadelphia native Jahri Evans, and to former Eagles coach Dick Vermeil.
In addition to owning a minority share of the Soul franchise, Colston is also a part of the team’s front office — serving as member of the club’s corporate sales and marketing team.
And no doubt, Colston isn’t shy about giving advice as needed to the Soul players themselves, advice that seems to be working.
The Soul are (9-3) and are one half game behind the Orlando Predators (9-2) for the AFL’s best overall record, and are set to clinch a Playoff berth next week with 6 games still remaining on their 18-game Arena League schedule.
Philadelphia has made three Arena Bowl appearances, winning their first appearance (2008 against the San Jose Sabercats) and losing their latest two appearances (2012and 2013 both to the Arizona Rattlers).
They and Colston are hoping to get back to a 4th Arena Bowl appearance, with the goal of winning and bringing home a title for their native eastern Pennsylvania roots.
As of this very moment, Colston has not commented publicly if whether or not that he considers himself “done” as an NFL player, and whether or not he intends to try and play for another team in 2016.
But based on everything that has gone on since the Saints released him in February, Colston appears to have moved on and moved forward — and is focused squarely on where ever the next venture in life decides to take him……
This post originally appeared on Dawgs Big Easy Believer. Copyright 2016.