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
Born: (1963-04-30) April 30, 1963 (age 55)
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 NFL.com

Albert Lee Toon Jr. (born April 30, 1963) is a former professional American football wide receiver player who played for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons. A two-time First Team All Big 10 pick at the University of Wisconsin, Toon set several school football records for the Wisconsin Badgers. The three-time Pro Bowl selectee played his entire NFL career with the Jets (1985-1992), leading his team and the league in receptions during the late 1980s. He is considered to be among the Jets' all-time greatest wide receivers and overall players in franchise history. [1] [2] [3]

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 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 a Big 10 single game receiver record while at the UW and established new school career football records for receptions (131), receiving yards (2,103) and touchdown catches (19) at the end of this three season tenure for the Wisconsin Badgers. He also set Big 10 and school records in track and field in the Triple Jump while qualifying for the Olympic Trials in 1983 in the 110 High Hurdles and the Triple Jump. [4]

Professional career[edit]

He was selected by the New York Jets in the 1st round (10th overall) of the 1985 NFL Draft. Toon managed to become the Jets' second leading receiver during his 1985 rookie season.[5] 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.[citation needed]

Toon is one of two retired players in NFL history to play less than 110 games and still record over 500 receptions. The other is Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow Sr.

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 also became both a Taco Bell franchisee and Hilton Garden Inn franchisee after his 8-year NFL stint. Additionally as a Community Center board member he and his team of locals developed the Boy's and Girl's Club of Dane County.

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. [1]

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

Toon served on the board of directors of the National Guardian Life Insurance Company (NGL).[6] He also served on the board of directors of the Green Bay Packers. He is now an owner of one of the largest privately owned and operated multifaceted design/build landscape companies in the Midwest, Olson Toon Landscaping, Inc.[citation needed] He is an investor in Wisconsin Burger King Franchise companies since 1992. Toon, who suffered from post-concussion syndrome, has improved to the point that he was able to compete in a triathlon in 2004.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Toon is married to Jane and has a son and three daughters. 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. Nicholas Toon was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL Draft and played four years in the NFL[8].[9] He now owns and runs an online retail sales business along with a focus on real estate ownership and management with his wife.

His daughter, Kirby, attended UW–Madison as a preferred walk-on in volleyball. [10] Kirby current is working for Kimberly Clark. His other daughters, Molly and Sydney, also play volleyball. Molly was a final 4 participant while playing volleyball at the University of Michigan and is now working for Aerotek in Arizona, while Toon's youngest daughter, Sydney just finished her volleyball career at University of Wisconsin Whitewater following her prep experience at Middleton High School.[citation needed]and is now working for her father at Olson Toon Landscaping.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Prato, Greg (2011). Sack Exchange: The Definitive Oral History of the 1980s New York Jets. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: ECW Presss. p. 264. ISBN 9781770410039. 
  2. ^ Alan Schechter (2016-02-26). "Five Best Wide Receivers in New York Jets' History". NFL Spin Zone. Fansided. Retrieved 2017-11-29. 
  3. ^ "The 50 Greatest Jets". ESPN. ESPN Inc. Retrieved 2017-11-29. 
  4. ^ "2012 Fleer Retro - 1962 Fleer Design #62-AT" (JPG). Fleer. UDC, Inc. 2012. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  5. ^ "1986 Topps - #101 - Al Toon" (JPG). Topps. Topps Chewing Gum, Inc. 1986. Retrieved 2017-06-28. 
  6. ^ National Guardian Life Insurance Group - Board of Directors Archived 2007-10-11 at the Wayback Machine., nglic.com; accessed July 26, 2017.
  7. ^ Off Wing Opinion: A Comeback, Of Sorts, ericmcerlain.com; accessed July 26, 2017.
  8. ^ Nick Toon at Pro Football Reference
  9. ^ Scout.com: Nick Toon Profile, wisconsin.scout.com; accessed July 26, 2017.
  10. ^ "Player Bio: Kirby Toon". UWBadgers.com. Archived from the original on November 13, 2009. Retrieved November 19, 2009.