I had a chance to catch up with retired New York Jet wide receiver Al Toon recently.
Al was the first pick of the New York Jets in 1985. He was selected with the tenth overall pick to play opposite two-time Pro Bowler, Wesley Walker.
Toon is a three time All-Pro and made the Pro Bowl those same years (1986-1988). In 1988 he was the AFC Player of the Year. He is also a member of the New York Jets Ring of Honor and All-Time Four Decade Team. He had 517 receptions for 6,605 yards and 31 touchdowns in his eight-year NFL career, all with the NY Jets.
He is third on the NY Jets all time receiving list with 517 receptions. Toon also owns the Jets record for catches in consecutive games, catching a pass in 101 strait games.
During the interview, Al Toon touched on various topics. We talked about his playing days, his relationship with Ken O’Brien and Wesley Walker, Brandon Marshall breaking his NY Jets receiving record (catches in a season, which Toon held for about 27 years), concussions, his son Nick, and his businesses and their impact on the families Southern Wisconsin and more.
The Al Toon era of players for the New York Jets were my heroes as a little kid, and it was amazing to live a lifelong dream and talk to him.
Below is the audio for the interview (on some browsers the audio controls take a bit to load be patient):
You can also download the Al Toon interview and more on Itunes.