2008 Arena cup championship most valuable player
The Vipers became the 1st team ever to win the Arena Cup Championship as the visiting team. The 2008 game was voted as the #1 game in the 20 year history of Championship moments! Tony’s 2 pt conversion run in overtime made him the only backup quarterback in professional football history to come into a championship game off the bench and lead his team to a victory!
Tony began his coaching career in his home town of Clinton, TN coaching the 8th grade football team in 2005 (11-0) and the 9th grade team in 2006. From 2007-2009 he was the Offensive Coordinator for Madison Academy High School in Huntsville, AL. In three seasons, the Offense accumulated record breaking statistics in the passing game and also individually.
Tony took 3 one year starting Quarterbacks and helped them to develop into all area players. They led the Huntsville, AL area statistically in yards and touchdowns three consecutive years. With two signing college scholarships with only one year of experience.
In 2010 Coach Colston Coordinated the offense for Randolph School in Huntsville, AL, a first year varsity program.
During his 4 years in Alabama, Tony coached or privately trained 3 Division 1 WR’s, including 2014 2nd Rd Draft Pick, Jordan Matthews out of Vanderbilt.
Tony has been conducting private and group training sessions, as well as Summer Youth Skill Camps for children of all ages since 2007.
In 2012 Tony played his final season of Arena football for the AFL’s Georgia Force in Atlanta.
In 2011 he was signed to play in Italy for the Bolzano Giants of the Italian Football League, where he excelled as the Quarterback and Offensive Coordinator. He finished the season with over 2,000 yards passing and Coordinated the #2 Offense in the league. From 2007-2010 Tony played in the Arena Football League with the Tennessee Valley/Alabama Vipers…His career record as a starter is 19-6…In 2008 he earned MVP honors in the Arena Cup Championship game. He delivered an outstanding performance statistically, going 20 of 30 for 288 yards 7 touchdowns 0 interceptions & the game winning 2pt conversion in overtime!…..In 6 games (4-2) with the Vipers in 2007, Colston finished 96 of 171 941 yards & 16 tds before dislocating his elbow, missing the rest of the season.
Colston briefly played with the Vipers in 2006 before playing for the Centex Barracudas of the IFL in Texas, where he completed 88 of 170 passes for 1,133 yards with 29 touchdowns finishing the season with a record of 9-2.
Tony played the 2002-2004 seasons at Tusculum College after transferring from Tennessee Tech University.
He finished his career as Tusculum College’s most prolific passer owning several school records.
career completions (544), career completion % (.635),career passing yardage (6,037), career touchdown passes (37), career total offensive yards (6,964), career total attempts (1,072), single-season completion % (.708 ’04’), single-game passing yards (419 Newberry ’04’), single-game completions (39 Catawba ’04’), single-game touchdown passes (5 Winstom-Salem St. ’04’)
His single season (.708) and career completion percentages (.635) still stand as the best ever by a SouthAtlantic Conference quarterback. He also finished 8th in SAC history in career passing yardage and touchdowns accounted for, and 6th in career total offense…During his career, he was named conference player of the week 4 times and national offensive player of the week 3 times. Tony graduated as one of the top 40 quarterbacks in the country in 2004. (All divisions)
Tony started for 2 seasons at Clinton High School, Clinton, Tennessee. Going 17-6 as a starter,
advancing to the playoffs both years. He was named All-State Honorable Mention & Offensive Back of the
Year his Junior and Senior seasons. Colston finished his career with 3,100 yards passing, 31 touchdowns, and
12 rushing touchdowns.