Al Toon

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Al Toon
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Toon playing for the Jets in 1986
No. 88
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1963-04-30) April 30, 1963 (age 54)
Place of birth: Newport News, Virginia
Career information
High school: Newport News (VA) Menchville
College: Wisconsin
NFL Draft: 1985 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 517
Receiving Yards: 6,605
Touchdowns: 31
Player stats at

Albert Lee Toon, Jr. (born April 30, 1963) is a former professional American football player. He played his entire NFL career with the Jets from 1985 to 1992 and was a three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver.

Early life[edit]

In high school Toon was well known for his accomplishments in track and field. Toon is one of three Newport News Peninsula District athletes to surpass 50 feet in the triple jump, which he did three times. He also reached 23 feet in the long jump. Toon used that jumping ability as a wide receiver on Menchville High School's football team. Toon played football and ran track at the University of Wisconsin–Madison from 1981 to 1984. Toon set several school football records for the Wisconsin Badgers and earned back-to-back First-Team All-Big Ten honors. [1]

Professional career[edit]

He was selected by the New York Jets in the 1st round (10th overall) of the 1985 NFL Draft. He was selected to the Pro Bowl three times. Toon's best year as a pro came in the 1988 season when he led the league with 93 receptions. Toon retired at the age of 29 in 1992 as a result of suffering at least nine concussions over his eight-year career.

After football[edit]

In 1995, he was one of nine founding members of Capitol Bank, a local community bank on whose Board of Directors he still serves. He was previously a president of the University of Wisconsin's National W Club, a varsity letter winners club. He also developed AT8 Companies to own, develop, and manage his commercial real estate portfolio.

He probably should go down in history as one of the best wide receivers to ever play for the Jets. There weren't too many better than Al Toon playing anywhere in the NFL. [2]

Frank Ramos, New York Jets Director of Public Relations, Sack Exchange: The Definitive Oral History of the 1980s New York Jets

Toon is on the Board of Directors of the National Guardian Life Insurance Company (NGL).[3] He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Green Bay Packers. He is now the owner of one of the largest privately owned and operated multifaceted design / build landscape companies in the Midwest, Olson Toon Landscaping, Inc.

Toon, who suffered from post-concussion syndrome, has improved to the point that he was able to compete in a triathlon in 2004.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Toon is married to Jane and has three daughters and a son. His son, Nick, was a football standout in high school at Middleton, Wisconsin and played as a receiver for the Wisconsin Badgers, as his father did. The younger Toon was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL Draft and currently is a free agent.[5] His daughter, Kirby, also attended UW–Madison as a preferred walk-on in volleyball. She now resides in Nashville, Tennessee. [6] His other daughters, Molly and Sydney, also play volleyball. Molly is playing volleyball at the University of Michigan. Toon's youngest daughter, Sydney just finished her varsity season of volleyball at Middleton High School.


  1. ^ "2012 Fleer Retro - 1962 Fleer Design #62-AT - Al Toon" (JPG). Fleer. UDC, Inc. 2012. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  2. ^ Prato, Greg (2011). Sack Exchange: The Definitive Oral History of the 1980s New York Jets. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: ECW Presss. p. 264. ISBN 9781770410039. 
  3. ^ National Guardian Life Insurance Group - Board of Directors
  4. ^ Off Wing Opinion: A Comeback, Of Sorts
  5. ^ Nick Toon Profile
  6. ^ "Player Bio: Kirby Toon". Archived from the original on 13 November 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2009.