Tag:Amani Toomer
Posted on: April 22, 2011 10:15 am
Edited on: April 22, 2011 1:39 pm

Toomer says, 'My bad, guys'

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Yesterday, we wrote about former Giants WR Amani Toomer’s ludicrous comments comparing commissioner Roger Goodell to the Gestapo – the secret police arm of the Nazis.

Well, it didn’t take long for Toomer to figure out how dumb his comments actually were (it almost makes you long for the days of Adrian Peterson comparing NFL players to slaves. Almost).

"Obviously I didn't fully understand the meaning of what I said," Toomer said in an email obtained by the NY Daily News. "I do now. It was a stupid, inappropriate and offensive thing to say... I apologize to Commissioner Goodell for the offensive characterization."

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Posted on: April 21, 2011 11:21 am

Toomer compares Goodell to the Nazis

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Sometimes the hyperbole about the players or the owners or Roger Goodell goes just a little too far.

And solidifying that point for us is former Giants WR Amani Toomer, who compared Goodell to the Gestapo.

“I think the way Mr. Goodell has handled this, the way he’s kind of using his power, is like the kind of a Gestapo-type situation, controlling the players, not letting the judicial system do its work,” Toomer said Wednesday (via Pro Football Talk) . “It rubs a lot of players the wrong way, and that’s why you see a lot of players now lashing out at Mr. Goodell.”

Is it a ridiculous comparison? Yes. Does Toomer need to apologize for saying something to stupid and offensive? Yes. Will these comparisons to Nazis ever end? Hopefully.

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Posted on: October 30, 2010 9:40 am
Edited on: November 1, 2010 9:38 am

Amani Toomer talks marathon, visiting Plaxico

Posted by Andy Benoit

Subway’s Jared Forgle won’t be the only celebrity running in the 2010 ING New York City Marathon next Sunday. Former NFL wideout Amani Toomer – the most prolific receiver in Giants history – will also be hitting the streets. The last former NFL player to run in the marathon was Lynn Swann in 1993.

“When I got done playing, I put on 30 pounds in three months,” Toomer said. “So I wanted to get working out consistently and challenge myself like I was when I was playing.”

Toomer is partnering with the watch company Timex and running to support the New York Road Runner’s youth program. Toomer will begin the race at the back of the pack (the football equivalent of starting your season with JaMarcus Russell as your quarterback). For every runner whom Toomer passes, Timex will donate $1 to NYRR.

“I only have one person in my sights, and that is Lynn Swann,” Toomer said. “He ran it 17 years ago and he ran it in four hours, 26 minutes. If I can beat Lynn Swann, Boomer Esiason is going give me an extra $1000 to go towards to the NYRR Youth Program.”

After speaking with Toomer about his marathon training (which he says is vastly different than football training), I took advantage of the opportunity to ask him about former teammate Plaxico Burress. (Nothing like transitioning from a conversation about charity to a conversation about incarceration.) “He’s a quiet person,” Toomer said. “And a lot of people who don’t know him that well think the quietness is arrogance when it’s not. He was a great guy to play with. He gave everybody Christmas present every year. He did a lot of stuff that normally isn’t done. That says something to me about his character, that he’s a caring person.”

Toomer recently visited Burress in prison. “He was really excited about getting out,” Toomer said. “He had an opportunity on work release, didn’t get that. I know he was very disappointed about that. I have a feeling, when he gets out, you haven’t heard the last from Plaxico Burress. Hopefully he’ll get a chance to bounce back and have the American dream, the comeback story, and to be not just a productive NFL player, but a father.”

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Posted on: June 17, 2010 5:18 pm

Toomer feels better about the NYG

Do you remember when former New York Giants receiver Amani Toomer ripped into his old team after the 2008 season? Do you remember him taking great offense when the coaching staff began to decrease the then-34-year-old’s role to make way for younger receivers? Do you remember when he said the Giants had an agenda to phase him out of the picture?

This, after a long career in which he recorded nearly 10,000 receiving yards while catching 54 touchdown passes for the New York squad. True, it wasn’t the nastiest divorce in history, but it wasn’t pleasant either. Remember?

Well, everything seems to be cool now.

“I had been with the team for 13 years,” Toomer told the New York Daily News . “If you have a 13-year relationship with anyone, the breakup is going to be bad. But cooler heads prevailed.”

Still, Toomer couldn’t help himself from ripping somebody … anybody. So, he focused on the last team for which he tried to play – the Kansas City Chiefs who cut him before the regular season began last year.

“Going from an organization like the Giants to the Chiefs, it’s a big difference,” Toomer said. “It’s like going from the varsity to the junior varsity. “

Now, for the really cool part. Toomer – who’s never participated in a race longer than 3.1 miles – will run the New York City marathon in November and start the race in last place. For every runner he passes, he will donate $1 to the New York Road Runner’s youth programs.

--Josh Katzowitz

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