NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Good hands are just part of the Toon family legacy.
Last season, Nick Toon caught 64 passes for 926 yards and 10 touchdowns for Wisconsin, the same school his father, Al, starred at before a successful NFL career. Al Toon caught 517 passes for 6,605 yards and 31 touchdowns from 1985-1992, all with the Jets.
“He just told me stay relaxed, go out and have fun,” Toon said of the combine. “You only get to go through it once, and I’m enjoying the process.”
Living up to his father’s reputation is something the younger Toon has prepared for his entire life.
“I think my biggest strength is my hands,” he said. “A receiver’s job is to catch the ball. That’s something my dad taught me from a young age, something I’ve continued to work on.”
As one of the 300-plus invitees to this week’s workouts in Indy, the son is hoping to emulate his father’s NFL career.
“My dad was a great route runner, had great hands,” Nick Toon said. “He was fast, and he was one of the first of his kind as far as the big receivers go. I think I look like him a little bit when I’m out there playing. That would only make sense.”
Al Toon was inducted into the Jets Ring of Honor in 2011.
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