A Sit Down With Greg Toler

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A Sit Down With Greg Toler
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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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