MIAMI – If you’ve read this blog for any real length of time, you’ve probably seen me make reference to the personality profile of wide receivers done by Dr. Arnold J. Mandell back in the 1970s.
Colston Mandell characterized receivers as being selfish and egotistical prima donnas and I think he pretty much nailed it. Think about Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, Chad Ochocinco, etc. In the NFC South, Steve Smith, Antonio Bryant, Muhsin Muhammad and Keyshawn Johnson and Joe Horn a few years ago all fit the profile perfectly. Atlanta’s Roddy White also has a touch.
But the guy who might be the best wide receiver in the NFC South doesn’t have the traits that so many wide receivers do. That’s New Orleans’ Marques Colston. He’s humble and he’s quiet.
“That’s just my nature,’’ Colston said. “I just like to go out and handle my business and do what I’m supposed to do. It just so happens that this is the biggest stage probably in the world that day. Hopefully people will get the opportunity to see exactly what I can do.”
Maybe his background – coming out of Hofstra in the seventh round – plays a role, but Colston said he doesn’t follow the attitude that he’s got to go out and draw attention to himself.
“That’s fine with me,’’ Colston said. “For me, it’s all about being respected by my peers. I think as long as I continue to work and do the things that I’m doing, I’ll earn that respect.”