About tony

2008 Arena cup championship most valuable player

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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! 

The Story


     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.

2011-2013 Coach Colston moved back to Knoxville and spent one season at Cumberland County, Austin East, and Carter HS before moving full time in the private coaching world. In 2020, he dedicated one season back to his alma mater, Clinton HS, to help friend and first year coach Darrell Keith. 

     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)

High School

Tony was a 2 year starter at Clinton High School in 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.



You already know I wouldn't be here without you man! You believed in me before anyone else did... Don't ever for one second think I'm not eternally grateful. Love Ya!

Jordan Mathews
WR #81 Philadelphia Eagles

Tony is going to change the way the game is being taught. The Gunslinger Academy's blue print and structured format is the best way to learn and gain a competitive advantage in the passing game. Preparation on understanding how to read coverage and react accordingly is something that I never had when I was young. Looking back at my career, I realize that if I had been better equipped in the passing game I may have had a more successful career. Prepare now for the future!

Kevin Eakin
Quarterback Fordham University '00-'04
NY Jets '05
Frankfurt Galaxy (NFL Europe)'05,'07
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL) '06
Buffalo Bills '07
TN Valley Vipers AFL '08-'10
Georgia Force AFL '12

Tony has always displayed a high degree of integrity, responsibility, and ambition. He is definitely a leader rather than a follower. In addition to his excellent accomplishments, he has proven his leadership by being an outstanding person and Arena football player. I believe he is a most dependable team player. Tony’s good judgment and mature outlook will ensure a logical and practical approach to his endeavors. Tony would be an asset to any football program, and I am happy to give him my wholehearted endorsement.

Kirk Broussard
Pro Football Coach
Minnesota Vikings 2011
Detroit Lions 2014
Buffalo Bills 2015

I am excited about what Tony is striving to do for the game of football. His vision in teaching quarterbacks and receivers will truly enhance specific skill development necessary to play the game at a high level. I support his approach in method of instruction and how it will help their development as a player

Eddie Courtney
Head Football Coach
Farragut High School

My name is Andrea Bottegal, I come from Italy, and I had the great opportunity to meet and play American football with Antony Colston. We played together for one season with the Bolzano Giants, and I had the opportunity to improve my skills tremendously as a wide receiver. In fact, during the preseason, Antony acted as a coach to me, teaching and pushing me till, after 2 months of training, I earned a starting position for the first game of the season. While training receivers, Antony focused primarily on how to run routes in order to better get open, making us smarter players on the football field. Before Antony came to Bolzano I had the opportunity to play with different other professional QBs coming from great colleges, but he was the first to put that much time and effort on trying to better my skills as much as possible. In the first game of the season, I even scored my first touchdown in the Italian Football League, and 6 more later in the season. It was a really successful season since every player on the team improved tremendously by playing with Antony. In fact, the next season, we proved on the field all of our improvements by reaching the Italian Super Bowl. Beside that, I have to say that Antony is a really great person. He wasn't only the QB of our team or the coach of it, he was even a great friend off of the field. Currently, I am living and studying in a community college in Los Angeles. To be where I am today, I have to thank Antony. He introduced me to the possibility to come to the U.S, and making a better life for myself. Now, I am a successful college student, and I will start playing football for my college next semester. By meeting Antony, my life positively changed, and I will always be grateful to him. Thanks man!

Andrea Bottegal
WR Bolzano Giants