Wisconsin Badgers Now Singing With a Different Toon

Adam LindemerSenior Analyst INovember 14, 2009

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 10:  Wide receiver Nick Toon #1 of the Wisconsin Badgers runs with the ball against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on October 10, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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The last name 'Toon' was pretty popular around Madison, Wisconsin in the mid-1980's and continued its popularity into the NFL during the latter part of the decade and the early 90's with Al Toon.

Now, Al's only son Nick, is bringing that last name back into play for the Wisconsin Badgers this year.

In Wisconsin's most recent victory, a 45-24 drubbing of the Michigan Wolverines, Nick had five catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns, doubling his total from the previous nine games this season.

Nick has brought back the glory days of when his father played at Camp Randall Stadium about 25 years ago.

Al Toon was a stand out receiver for the Badgers from 1982-84. Here are his numbers with his all-time ranks in school history.

In three years, Al had 131 receptions (fourth) for 2,103 yards (third), with 19 TDs (tied for third).

Al led the team in all three categorized during his junior and senior years, getting 45 catches for 880 yards and nine TDs in 1983.

He has the second highest single-game total for the Badgers, when he had 252 yards against Purdue in '83.

Al was then the 10th overall pick in the 1985 NFL Draft by the New York Jets where he would play all of his eight seasons in the league.

He amassed 517 catches for 6,605 yards and 31 TDs for the Jets, and led the league in 1988 with 93 receptions.

Al was a three-time Pro Bowler from 1986-88, but had to retire from the NFL at age 29 due to suffering numerous concussions, and has suffered from post-concussion syndrome, but has since improved.

Now, the son of the Badgers great, is quickly making a name for himself as a sophomore.

As a freshman, Nick Toon had 17 catches for 257 yards and a touchdown, but has become the go-to receiver for quarterback Scott Tolzein this year.

Through the Michigan game, Nick has 42 receptions for 633 yards and four touchdowns, with career total of 59 catches for 890 yards and five touchdowns, and he still has two games to play this year.

Nick is leading the Badgers in receptions, yards and touchdowns this season.

Like father, like son.

I think it would be safe to assume that Nick is going to challenge dear old dad's marks, and has a very good chance to pass them.

In my preview article for the Badgers, I pointed out that Nick Toon might be a guy to watch, and he is a big reason why Wisconsin is 8-2, and 5-2 in conference.

With each passing game, the Badgers are getting re(Toon)ed, with the rest of the Big Ten Conference next, and possibly after that, the nation. 

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