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Amani Toomer

Toomer in February 2005
No. --     Free Agent
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: September 8, 1974 (1974-09-08) (age 35)
Place of birth: Berkeley, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 203 lb (92 kg)
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 1996 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34
Debuted in 1996 for the New York Giants
Career history
 As player:
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2008
Receptions     668
Receiving yards     9,497
Receiving TDs     54
Stats at NFL.com

Amani Toomer (born September 8, 1974 in Berkeley, California) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the second round of the 1996 NFL Draft. He played college football at Michigan.

Toomer has also been a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. He earned a Super Bowl ring with the Giants in Super Bowl XLII.

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Early years

Toomer was an All-American at De La Salle High School in Concord, California. Toomer transferred to De La Salle after completing his freshman year at Albany Highschool in Albany, California. Several publications, including USA Today, Parade, and The Sporting News ranked him as one of the top high school wide receivers in the nation.

College career

Toomer attended the University of Michigan. As a junior in 1994, he became only the third player in school history, after Jack Clancy and Desmond Howard, to post 1,000 receiving yards in a season, finishing with 54 receptions for 1,096 yards and six touchdowns; he was named to the All-Big Ten Conference First Team. His senior year in 1995, Toomer caught 44 passes for 758 yards and seven scores and was voted to the All-Big Ten Second Team.

Professional career

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New York Giants

Toomer was drafted in the second round (34th overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Giants. His rookie season, he was primarily the punt and kick returner for the team, and set a record in his first game with an 87-yard punt return for a touchdown, the longest in team history, against the Buffalo Bills. He returned a second punt for a touchdown that season against the Philadelphia Eagles, before injuring his anterior cruciate ligament and spending the rest of the season on injured reserve. The next season, he scored another punt return touchdown, as well as his first receiving touchdown, a 56-yard reception from Danny Kanell against the Arizona Cardinals.

In 1998, the 5-8 Giants hosted the 13-0 Denver Broncos, hoping to pull an upset. Trailing 16-13 late in the game, Toomer caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from Kent Graham with only 48 seconds left in the game as the Giants ruined the Broncos' dream of a perfect season by winning 20-16.

Toomer finally became a starting wide receiver for the 1999 NFL season, and ended up setting at the time what was a team record for receptions in a season (79). He and Ike Hilliard combined to become the first Giants duo to post over 2,100 receiving yards. His six touchdowns led the team, and his 1,183 yards were the second highest in team history behind Homer Jones. The following season, he came one short of tying his own record for receptions, and increased his touchdown total to seven.

During the 2001 NFL season, with 72 catches, he became the first Giants wideout to have three consecutive 70-reception seasons . He broke several Giants records in 2002, when he caught 82 passes for 1,343 yards and eight touchdowns; the eight touchdowns set a career-high, while the passes and receiving yards were new team records. His 204 yards against the Indianapolis Colts were the highest total for any wide receiver for a 60-minute game (two players had higher receiving totals, but both of those games went to overtime).

In 2003, Toomer surpassed Frank Gifford as the team's all-time leading receiving yardage leader, and finished the season with 6,366 yards. His 418 catches were also second all-time to running back teammate Tiki Barber.

The 2004 NFL season marked the first time he did not score a touchdown since his rookie year, although he did finish the season with 51 catches for 747 yards, the sixth consecutive season he topped 50 catches and 700 yards.

Toomer entered the 2005 season in sole possession of the Giants' yardage record.

After a subpar 2004 campaign, Toomer rebounded to have a solid 2005 season. With new starting quarterback Eli Manning throwing for almost 3,800 yards, Toomer had 60 receptions for almost 800 yards. The highlights of his season included a last second touchdown reception against the Denver Broncos, a late game-tying touchdown at Seattle, and a terrific fourth and goal touchdown catch against the Rams.

Amani presenting George W. Bush with a personalized Giants jersey on April 30, 2008.[1]

Toomer expected to go into 2006 as the Giants number two receiver, but quickly showed signs of brilliance. In a week two matchup in Philadelphia, Toomer helped to spark a 17-point comeback by hauling in a career-high 12 receptions with two touchdowns. Physically exhausted by game's end, he had to be carried off the field by trainers. The media honored him for his work ethic and team dedication. Toomer's season came to an end after eight games when he suffered a partially torn ACL while playing against the Houston Texans.

During the 2007 season, he had 59 Receptions, 760 Yards, and 3 touchdowns. Toomer helped groom draft pick Steve Smith who is often compared to Toomer's style of play. This season he once again passed Barber's team record for catches, and passed Kyle Rote for the team touchdown record, which was currently at 51. On January 13, 2008, during the 2007 divisional playoff round, he caught a 52 yard touchdown pass, his longest since a 77 yard touchdown on November 30, 2003. This catch broke the club record for most postseason receptions. Toomer went on to have 4 receptions, 2 of them for touchdowns, in the New York Giants 21-17 upset over the Dallas Cowboys. His first touchdown, gave the Giants a 7-0 lead after he caught an 11 yard pass, eluded three tacklers and ran 50 yards for the score. In the Giants Super Bowl victory against the previously undefeated Patriots, Toomer led the Giants with six receptions and 84 yards. Prior to the start of Giants mini-camp in May 2008, Toomer and the Giants were invited by President Bush to the White House to honor their victory in Super Bowl XLII.[1]

Appearances

Toomer was invited to take part in designing his own shoe by NIKEiD bespoke.

Kansas City Chiefs

Toomer was signed to a one-year contract by Kansas City Chiefs on August 4, 2009. He was then cut by the team after playing 13 successful seasons with the New York Giants and winning a Super Bowl ring. Also cut was a rookie tackle Cameron Goldberg, as well as Alfonso Boone, a veteran Defensive End. Head Coach Todd Haley said "the thing I have been trying to stress to these guys is that I am trying to find the right 53 and we are going to do it at all costs." [2]

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Amani Toomer
File:Kurt Warner and Amani
Amani Toomer (on the far right).
No. 81     Kansas City Chiefs
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: September 8, 1974 (1974-09-08) (age 36)
Place of birth: Berkeley, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 203 lb (92 kg)
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 1996 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34
Debuted in 1996 for the New York Giants
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards

Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2007
Receptions    620
Receiving Yards    8,917
Receiving TDs    50
Stats at NFL.com

Amani Toomer (pronounced /ah-MAHN-ee/) (born September 8, 1974 in Berkeley, California) is an American football wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League.

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