By Marla Diamond

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – A few months and a few pounds after leaving the NFL, Amani Toomer had an “aha!” moment.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reports

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“I went [to] bend down to tie my shoes and I split my pants,” Toomer told WCBS 880 reporter Marla Diamond. “… and that’s when I knew I was putting on a little too much extra weight.”

Marathon training helped him lose 30 pounds.

On Sunday, November 7, in an interesting fundraising effort, Toomer will be the very last runner to start the race in this year’s New York City Marathon.

Toomer says, “Every person I pass, Timex is donating $1 to the New York Road Runners youth program.”

Toomer is the first pro football player to run the New York City Marathon since Lynn Swann crossed the finish line 17 years ago, and Toomer wants to beat Swann’s time of 4 hours and 26 minutes.

Toomer has a message for Swann: “If you’re out there listening, Lynn, I’m coming after you.”

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