18 Days: A Look Back At All-Big Ten Amani Toomer

With only 18 days until the Michigan football home opener of the 2016 season, we look back at All-Big Ten wide receiver, Amani Toomer. The California native came to Michigan and produced most in his senior season then moved on to the NFL. Below are his highlights and achievements:

College

  • In 1994, be broke Jack Clancy’s single-season Michigan record with 1,096 receiving yards. With Todd Collins at quarterback, Toomer was the 1994 Wolverines’ leading receiver with 54 receptions for 1,096 yards, an average of 20.3 yards per reception.
  • He also finished the season as the Big Ten Conference’s leading receiver with an average of 93.9 receiving yards per game. He had a career-high 179 receiving yards, including touchdown receptions of 46 and 38 yards, in the Wolverines’ 1994 season-opening victory over Boston College. He also returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown against Illinois.
  • He was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award in 1994 and was selected by both the conference coaches and media as a first-team wide receiver on the 1994 All-Big Ten team.
  • As a senior, Toomer started 12 games and finished the season with 44 receptions for 758 yards and seven touchdowns.
  • He had his best game of the season in a 52-17 victory over Minnesota, catching five passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns, including a career-long 75-yard touchdown reception from Brian Griese.
  • In four seasons, he had 124 receptions for 2,144 yards (17.3 per catch) and 12 receiving touchdowns. He finished his college career ranked fourth) in Michigan history with 2,657 receiving yards. Toomer was also used as a punt and kick returner at Michigan. He returned 46 punts for 384 yards (8.3 yards per return) and two touchdowns. He also returned 14 kickoffs for 306 yards (21.9 yards per return).

NFL

  • Toomer was selected by the New York Giants in the second round (34th overall pick) of the 1996 NFL Draft. In July 1996, he signed a three-year contract with the Giants.
  • Toomer had the best year of his NFL career in 2002. He set Giants’ single-season records with 82 receptions and 1,343 receiving yards. His eight receiving touchdowns in 2002 was also a career high. His total of 204 receiving yards against the Indianapolis Colts was also the highest total for a Giants wide receiver in a 60-minute game.
  • Toomer signed a one-year contract in August 2009 by the Kansas City Chiefs, but was released during final roster cuts on September 1.
  • The 2008 season was Toomer’s last in the NFL. He appeared in all 16 regular season games, 12 as a starter, and caught 48 passes for 580 yards and four touchdowns.
  • He concluded his NFL career playing in 190 games and 142 as a starter, 668 receptions for 9,497 yards (14.2 yards per catch), and 54 touchdown receptions.

Career Highlights and Awards

  • Super Bowl champion (XLII)
  • New York Giants Ring of honor
  • New York Giants All-time career leader; Receiving yards, receptions, receiving touchdowns
  • Second-team All-Big Ten (1995)
  • First-team All-Big Ten (1994)

Go Blue!

David Noe