WIDE RECEIVER Marques Colston will be entering his 10th year with the Saints. He is in the red zone of his football life and he's at peace that his playing days are numbered.
"Me being on the back end of my career, I know the transition [is inevitable]," said Colston, who joined the ownership group of the Soul this offseason. "They're going to show me the door sooner rather than later."
Colston, 31, had been the owner of a minor league arena football team that played in Harrisburg the last 3 years. If the Soul is Triple A baseball, Colston's Harrisburg club would have been like Single A.
As a player, he helped the Saints win the Super Bowl following the 2009 season.
"He's going to give [Soul players] a perspective outside of the X's and O's on how to achieve greatness," team president Ron Jaworski said.
The Soul is coming off a mediocre 2014 season (9-9) that ended with a loss to rival Cleveland in the first round of the playoffs. It opens 2015 on Sunday with a trip to Orlando (7 p.m., ESPN2).
With 14 new players on the 25-man roster, Colston isn't the only guy trying to find his way around the Soul. But he is the only one who has a Super Bowl ring in his jewelry cabinet.
"Some of these guys have NFL talent," Jaworski continued. "I'm sure they will be picking his brain on what it's like to be an NFL player. What above the talent do you have to have - the discipline, the commitment? Hearing it from Marques Colston will certainly help a lot of these guys."