Amani Toomer

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National Team on Battle of the Gridiron Stars

Born:

9/8/1974, Berkeley, California, USA

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  • Amani Askari Toomer was born on September 8, 1974 to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Toomer. He attended De La Salle High School in Concord, CA, where he was named an All-American. He then went on to attend the University of Michigan, where he was named to the All-Big Ten Conference First Team as a junior, and then the All-Big Ten Second Team as a senior for the Wolverines. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the 1996 NFL draft as a second-round (34th overall) pick. Initially a punt and kick returner, Toomer became a starting wide receiver for the Giants in the 1999 season. Since then, he has broken several team records and has been the most productive wide receiver in the history of the New York Giants.moreless

    Birth Name:

    Amani Askari Toomer

    Gender:

    Male

    Birth Place:

    Berkeley, California, USA

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  • Quotes (16)

    • Amani Toomer (on his expectations from training camp): I thought our team had a great shot. We were all really familiar with the offense. Kevin Gilbride being our offensive coordinator gave our offense a new look and our new defensive coordinator got me really excited. Once I saw us practicing and I saw the way things were going, how Eli was playing, I just felt like we had a really good shot. I felt like we had a lot of talent on the field. Not just talent but we had everybody who was in the positions to show their talent had been on our team before so they were a little more familiar with our system.

    • Amani Toomer (on facing the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game): They're not going to face the same team they faced in Week 2. We've got a lot of momentum. And let's take it all the way to Green Bay.

    • Amani Toomer (on the Giants' victory over the Cowboys in the 2008 Divisional playoff game): When we got off to that good start, it kind of let everybody know that we came to play. We were not here to lay down and roll over for anybody. That's kind of the M.O. of our team.

    • Amani Toomer (responding to criticism of Eli Manning): Everybody says, 'Oh, he doesn't have the fire'. But there's more than one way to lead a team, and he showed it today (against Tampa Bay). You don't have to be a rah-rah guy to get people to respect you. Everybody on our team really respects him a lot.

    • Amani Toomer (on Eli Manning's successful game against the Bucs): He didn't try and force anything and make the bad play. He'd miss a throw and he didn't let it affect him; he was onto the next play.

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    • With DE Michael Strahan's retirement in 2008, Toomer becomes the longest-tenured active New York Giant going into his 13th year since being drafted by the Giants.

    • On April 30, 2008, Toomer joined 39 other players from the Super Bowl champion New York Giants team on a trip to the White House, where the team was invited and honored by President George W. Bush in a ceremony held on the south lawn. Toomer presented a Giants jersey bearing the name "Bush" and number 43 to the 43rd president of the United States at the ceremony.

    • Toomer won his first Super Bowl ring at the end of the 2007-08 season in Super Bowl XLII with the New York Giants, beating the New England Patriots.

    • Toomer's 53 yard touchdown catch was the longest of his postseason career.

    • With his 2 touchdown catches against the Cowboys, Toomer has a total of 3 this postseason, the same number of touchdown catches he recorded for the entire 16-game regular season.

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