In the world of sports, athletes often dedicate their entire lives to reaching the pinnacle of their profession, but for many, life at the top can be short-lived. Sometimes all a player gets to experience at the highest level is one minute on the court, one trip to the plate, one shot on goal or one checkered flag, but more often than not, that fleeting moment in the spotlight is...
Amani Toomer finished his career with the New York Giants as the team's all-time leading wide receiver in receiving yards, receptions, receiving touchdowns, and most consecutive games with at least one reception (94). If you expected him to predict that the Giants would take a wide receiver with the No. 9 overall pick in this Thursday's 2015 NFL Draft, you were wrong. Toomer broke...
Hunger and motivation are difficult to quantify. You never truly know how far a player will go to get to the next level. Amani Toomer was a Round 2 WR who my father loved out of Michigan. He had a great motor. My father (who went to college in the Big Ten, and watches a lot of those games) regaled me with stories about Toomer. There was one where Toomer returned a punt and seemingly...
Mark Bavaro Before Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham revolutionized the tight end position to what it is today, Mark Bavaro epitomized everything a team looked for in a player at that spot. He was big, physical, tough as nails and he instilled fear in every defender that had the unfortunate task of bringing him down. Bavaro immediately drew praise from coach Bill Parcells as a rookie...
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