Arizona Cardinals

A Sit Down With Greg Toler

TEMPE, AZ - MAY 1 :  Greg Toler #32 of the Arizona Cardinals takes a break during a team minicamp at the team training facility on May 1, 2009 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Jonathan Willey/Getty Images)
Steven SmithCorrespondent IMay 28, 2009

Players take many paths to enter the NFL. There’s always more than one story on players who have defeated seemingly insurmountable odds. Then there are stories of self-destruction where an opportunity is blown due to bad decisions. Greg Toler’s story dabbles in both.

A prime talent coming out of high school, Toler didn’t have the grades to attend a Division 1-A school. He took a job at J.C. Penney for three months and played semi-pro football before finally enrolling to St. Paul who was starting a new football program.

Now he’s finishing his degree in Criminal Justice and is a fourth round selection of the Arizona Cardinals. We sat down with Toler to talk about his past and how he’s progressing now.


How have OTAs been treating you?

Toler:

You’ve had a unique road to the NFL. What have you learned on your travels from J.C. Penney employee to NFL player?

Toler:

It’s still early but how has your transition been to the next level? How are you absorbing the playbook?

Toler:


How has it been going against the stable of Cardinal receivers that has three players who amassed 1,000 yards last season?

Toler:

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie came from a small school like you. Has he given you any advice to help your transition to this level?

Toler:

How did it feel to contribute to a school that had to create its football program and talent pool from scratch? What were the struggles of that early period?

Toler:

You were quoted saying your school didn’t even have a weight room. Where did the team workout? What did you do to improve your strength?

Toler:

How did you feel when the Cardinals called you up to say they were taking you in the draft? In your mind, what do you bring to this organization?

Toler:


Which receiver in the league do you want to stand across from and cover the most?

Toler:

Kurt Warner is going from grocery bagger to future Hall Of Fame inductee. Finish this sentence. “Greg Toler. J.C. Penney employee to ______?”

Toler:

Thank you for your time Greg.

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