By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
This is the first team in the Arena Football League that he’s been apart of an ownership group. But he was previously the Owner and President of the Harrisburg Stampede.
Following the 2014 season, the Stampede was forced to shut down due to financial problems. Just months later, he would join the Soul ownership in October 2014.
“I’m just a co-owner of the Soul now,” Colston said. “I no longer own the Stampede. There were some things that happened that caused me to shut down the team.”
The New Orleans Saints wide receiver, who lives in Medford, N.J. in the off-season, joins several owners of the team. While Craig A. Spencer and former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski are the majority owners, there are four co-owners. Those include Colston, Pete Ciarrocchi, Cosmo Denicola and Marty Judge.
“No, that wasn’t a factor,” Colston mentioned of the NFL ties. “Ron and I have ties to the NFL, but I don’t think that was the key factor in getting this deal done. I couldn’t pass up this opportunity.”
Colston, along with his wife, were in attendance for the season opener on April 12th against the Jacksonville Sharks. While this was his first home opener – and first game of the season – he has also attended numerous practices at The Field House in Morrestown and also attended Media Day.
“I thought it was a great game,” he said of the Soul win over the Sharks. “The fans brought a great atmosphere to the game, and it’s a little bit different than when I owned the Stampede. It’s also important that we got the win.”
The nine-year NFL veteran is expected to attend several more home games over the rest of the season. One game, he said, he’s looking forward to attending is the Boardwalk Bowl on May 30th in Atlantic City against the Las Vegas Outlaws.
“I look forward to being here for several more Soul wins this season,” Colston admitted. “I think we have great fans from what I’ve seen so far. And I want to see the team get back to their successful seasons of a few years ago. It’s going to be exciting to see if the fans follow us to AC in a few weeks, as we put on a one-of-a-kind experience. I can’t really talk much about what’s going to happen at that game, but I would suggest to be there.”
The Soul are currently 4-0 on the young season. They will go for their fifth win of the season against the New Orleans VooDoo on Sunday at 4 pm EST.
The VooDoo brings a 1-3 record into the game, and they will look to stop the Soul from scoring 63 points. In the past two games, that has been the magical number in each win.
“I think we have a very good team,” Colston stated. “I like the moves that the team made in the off-season, and I think we’re going to be competing for the ArenaBowl. There’s a lot of exciting players on this team.”
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