Heartwarming Children’s Book Based on Saints’ Marques Colston

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston didn’t earn the nickname “The Quiet Storm” because he likes to “make it rain” at the club. In fact, “clubbing it” is probably the last thing one would associate with the NFL star. He is a certified shy guy who would love nothing more than to stay out of the spotlight while taking care of business for his team on the football field. Imagine that?

This ever-humble NFL anomaly inspired his business manager and personal friend to write a book that he hopes will inspire sportsmanship and compassion in an age of bullying and showboating run amock. It’s called Young Marques Becomes a Quiet Storm and it is based on the Saints player’s childhood and the lessons he learned from his dad. Author Michael Harris, who first connected with Marques 6 years ago when he was an aspiring NFL player at Hofstra University, says he hopes the book will show kids that if they are patient and hardworking, success will be their reward.

“There were a lot of athletes who made books after the Super Bowl but none of them made books for the children. Because of Marques’ heart and how he influenced me, I thought it was an ideal time to do the book.”

The book tells the story of a little boy named Marques who gets teased by an older kid. Young Marques’ father teaches him how to be strong and respectful of others, no matter how close he gets to the top. The book’s premise is based on real life lessons Marques Colston learned from his dad James, who passed away when he was still young. Harris says James Colston’s influence on his son was so powerful, it inspired in him a desire to pass on those same lessons to his three kids.

His dad was very important to him and taught him everything he knows about football. (James Colston) became a hero to me when Marques told me stories about how he raised him. I looked at Marques’ father like this fantasy figure that taught him great values and great life lessons.

Michael Harris (Left) and Marques Colston (Right) pictured at a Red Cross Event

While the book is Harris’ brainchild, he ran things past Marques as the story came together. Colston also wrote the book’s forward, in which he talks about the significant impact his parents had on his life. He not only hopes the book will resonate with young kids but that it will help a cause near and dear to him as a player for the Saints: disaster relief for the American Red Cross. Marques joined the team one year after Hurricane Katrina and he witnessed the storm’s devastating effects. He, along with his teammates, have played an instrumental role in New Orleans’ recovery. That’s why it was important to both he and Harris that portions of the proceeds from the book go toward disaster relief.

Harris says he hopes his book will give kids better ways to deal with their emotions and express themselves. He also says children of all ages can learn a lot from how “young” and “big” Marques handle success.

“When Marques catches a football, you don’t see him doing anything to draw attention to himself. He just hands the ball over to the refs. The lesson in this book is that when you succeed, act like you’ve been there before. You don’t have to put people down to make yourself feel good.”

As for Marques’ reaction to his manager deciding to make him the subject of a kids’ book, Harris describes it as “classic Colston.”

“We’re really close so he loved the idea but he didn’t know if I was serious. A lot of people don’t know about Marques. He’s a humble guy. He doesn’t want attention brought to him in any way but he loves kids and he loves the idea of giving back and helping children.”

Young Marques Becomes a Quiet Storm is now available on Amazon.com.

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  1. SBboundagain says:

    Awesome find nola. Dude will never sell the most jerseys, but I’ve always admired how he performs on the field and never complains or sells himself for attention. Without the bravado, his name still pops up on the national radar based solely on his play.

    Guess I’m gonna hafta hunt this book down for my Godson! (Do you have any links about where we can get a copy?)

  2. Amazon.com definitely has it. Such a good cause. Oh..and have you voted for us today??? 😉

  3. Congrats!!! Hopefully parents who are real parents will support his book, we need more men to step up to the plate and do more for the children…they are our future indeed !! Thanks Colston!!

  4. Isn’t he awesome?!

  5. Marques Colston you are the MOST CLASSIEST PERSON ON THE SAINTS AND IN THE NFL!!! He’s not T.O. nor OchoCinco, he’s very quiet and the most UNDERRATED WR IN THE NFL!!!! Keep it up

    (P.S.- A fast healer too!!!) 😉

  6. SBboundagain says:

    of course i voted today! have you gone on the saintsreport.com website and uploaded a message about that? no doubt all the boys and girls would vote in droves if they knew.

  7. thank you sooo much sbbound! As the owner of the CITH, I can’t post it on Saintsreport because they frown upon that. they only let me post articles about players. I’m pretty sure people not associated with our site could post it tho

  8. Mrs. Neville says:

    I would buy a book about Marcus Colston’s feet if he wrote one!
    His hands are magic, that’s what I know, but I mean that in the most respectful way!:)
    He can catch a ball with his eyes closed! GOD gave him those precious hands as a gift.
    His opportunity came and did what he was sent here to do, “CATCH THAT FOOTBALL”.
    So, like so many other fans, I say to you, “Marcus Colston is a Beast”! I’m off to get the book, if his hands touched it, it’s a good book!lol……..I nominate Marcus Colston the official”Hand on Man”!

  9. amen!!

  10. Tiffany Blackwell says:

    Anyone that knows me know I have been down for Marques Colston since day one! I love his humble personality on and off the field. He’s a great role model for the kids and this book is just one more great accomplishment on his belt. Thank you Marques for all that you’ve done for the city of New Orleans. And if anyone sees him please tell him I said Heeeeeey lol 😀

    Great Article nolachick!!

  11. Love athletes and celebrities that celebrate family, strength of character and humble greatness, way to go Michael and Marques, can’t wait to read the book! Keep Playin’ Strong!

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