AFL NOTES: With limited NFL experience under his belt, Colston Weatherington came to the Desperados on Dec. 18, 2003 and showed coaches his big-play ability. For taking the chance, the Desperados were rewarded as Weatherington was named to the AFL’s All-Rookie team after finishing eighth in the league with 5.5 sacks. He is still a raw talent who has the motor and desire to keep getting better. His desire to continue improving will be important as he attempts to develop as an offensive lineman.
AFL 2004: Weatherington made his AFL debut and responded with team-highs in sacks (7.5) quarterback pressures (five) and blocked kicks (five). He tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles and finished fifth on the team with 25.5 tackles. In his indoor debut against Carolina (2/8), Weatherington posted a tackle and blocked a 44-yard field goal attempt. He picked up two more tackles, his first career sack, a tackle for a loss, a forced fumble and two blocked kicks against Philadelphia (2/15), then posted half a tackle for a loss at New York (2/22). At Columbus (2/29), he added two more tackles and a pass defensed, then was named Ironman of the Game against Grand Rapids (3/6) after posting 2.5 tackles, half a sack, half a tackle for a loss and catching a 12-yard pass. At Carolina (3/13), he recorded 2.5 tackles – 1.5 for losses – one sack, a quarterback pressure and a blocked kick – his fifth of the season. Weatherington totaled two tackles, two passes defensed and a tackle for a loss against Los Angeles (3/21) before adding another tackle and a pass breakup at Philadelphia (4/4). He posted a single tackle at Arizona (4/18) before adding three tackles – one for a loss – and a sack at Orlando (4/25). He notched two more stops, a pass breakup and a 19-yard pass against New York (5/1). Weatherington posted three tackles, a sack and a tackle for a loss at Austin (5/9) before adding an assisted tackle and a pressure at Chicago (5/16). Against Columbus (5/22), he recorded two tackles, a sack, a tackle for a loss and a forced fumble while catching an eight-yard pass. In the season finale against Tampa Bay (5/30), he posted half a tackle and a career-high three quarterback pressures.
OTHER PRO EXPERIENCE: 2003 – Weatherington went to training camp with the Dallas Cowboys but was released prior to the season. He signed to Dallas’s practice squad on Oct. 6 but was released on Oct. 27. 2002 – He began the year with the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe, where he finished with 15 tackles and a forced fumble. He returned to the Cowboys and totaled a tackle and a pressure in three games. 2001 – Weatherington was a seventh round (207th overall) draft choice of the Dallas Cowboys and spent the season on the Cowboys practice squad.
COLLEGE: 2000 – As a junior, Weatherington recorded 32 tackles, 22 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, seven sacks and seven passes defensed to earn All-MIAA conference and third-team Division II All-America honors. 1999 – In his first year at Central Missouri State, Weatherington garnered All-America and MIAA Defensive MVP honors after registering 52 tackles, 19 stops for losses, 12 sacks and two fumble recoveries. 1998 – After two years out of football, Weatherington made his collegiate debut at Northwest Mississippi Community College and earned all-region and all-state honors after totaling 68 tackles – including 18 for losses – 13 sacks, five forced fumbles, three pass deflections and three fumble recoveries.
PERSONAL: Weatherington earned all-state honors and helped Graceville, Fla., High School to one state title and a runner-up finish. The physical education major was also a member of the 1999 Central Missouri basketball team. He and his wife CenDie have a daughter, Courtnee.