Owens‘ 155 TDs rank fourth all-time in the NFL and he is 135 yards receiving from becoming only the second player in league history with 16,000 yards receiving.
Off the field, Owens trails Ochocinco in the Twitter follower department with a little more than 650,000. Then there’s Colston, who had just more than 800 as of Thursday afternoon and hadn’t posted a message since last December.
It’s not like the Saints receivers haven’t had the type of success on which they could capitalize personally. After all, they’re catching balls from the most prolific passer in the last half-decade. Since 2006, Brees has more attempts (2,811), completions (1,885) and yards (21,619) than any NFL quarterback. They’re also Super Bowl champions.
Yet Colston, Henderson, Moore and Robert Meachem don’t do a whole lot publicity seeking. Colston, who leads the Saints with 68 catches for 810 yards, was absent from the locker room when it was open to reporters on Wednesday. On Thursday, apologetically declined to be interviewed while walking briskly to the trainers’ room.
Henderson said he prefers to remain as low-profile as possible.
“I don’t need followers. I don’t like to be around a lot of people,” Henderson said. “So some people, within their personality, that’s the type of stuff they’re used to and stuff they like and that drives them or motivates them. … I’m just not like that. I’m just low-key … and don’t like to be in the limelight.”
Saints coach Sean Payton praises his receivers for quietly going about their business and understanding that their time to shine won’t come every week, but will come eventually if they’re patient because of the democratic manner in which Brees distributes the ball.
“At receiver, you see a lot of guys that have that flair,” Payton said. “The one thing in common when you talk about those two players is that they love football. They enjoy the competition. … You can’t help but see when you look at the course of their careers the success that they’ve had.”
AP Sports Writer Joe Kay in Cincinnati contributed to this report.