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Amani Toomer

Amani Toomer
Amani Toomer

New York Giants receiver Amani Toomer (81) runs for a touchdown past Dallas Cowboys safety Roy Williams during the first quarter of their NFC Divisional NFL playoff game in Irving, Texas, January 13, 2008. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

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Amani Toomer

Born: September 8, 1974 in Berkley California

College: Michigan

NFL Draft: 1996, Round 2, Pick 34 overall by the Giants

NFL Teams: Giants (1996-2008) Chiefs (2009)*

Career Stats: 668 receptions, 9,497 yards, 54 touchdowns. 1,317 return yards, 3 return touchdowns.

NFL Awards/Honors: Giants Ring of Honor, Super Bowl XLII Champion

Spin: In four years at Michigan, Amani Toomer totaled 124 receptions, 1,244 yards, and 12 touchdowns. Drafted out of Michigan in 1996, he was used as a return specialist and totaled two return touchdowns before tearing his ACL. In 1999, he became a full time starter for the Giants and broke the then single season record for receptions with 79 and had 1,183 receiving yards, which was second in franchise history only to Homer Jones. His best year came in 2002 when he had 82 receptions, 1,343 yards, and 8 touchdowns. In their four playoff games during the run to Super Bowl XLII, he totaled 21 receptions, 280 yards and 3 touchdowns over 4 games.


Amani Toomer was always considered one of the classiest Giants to wear the uniform. “Sure hands” Amani Toomer was a line that many analysts described him. The image that always sticks out, is his ability to catch the ball with the ability to get two feet in bounds so often on the sidelines. It is a skill that most players never mastered, and Toomer found a way to always make the enormous catch and stay in-bounds. Toomer spent his entire 13 year career with the New York Giants. He tried to get another year in before retirement with the Chiefs, but it wasn’t meant to be.