Amani Toomer: Give Him His Props!

David BrodianCorrespondent IDecember 4, 2008

If you don't think the Giants can win without Plaxico Burress, think again. They have a great wide receiving core consisting of Steve Smith, Domenik Hixon, Sinorice Moss, Mario Manningham, and the anchor, Amani Toomer.

Amani Toomer is one of the most underrated Giants of all time, yet one of the most productive. It is about time this guy got his props.

Let's take a look at his stats this season at 34 years of age: 39 catches for 480 yards and four TDs. Those are some very productive numbers for a man considered "ancient" by NFL wide receiver standards. Additionally, those four TDs are more than he had all of last year. Like a fine wine, Toomer seems to just get better and better with age.

If the Giants are able to absorb the blow of losing Burress for the rest of the season, and put this distraction behind them, which I think they will, Amani Toomer will certainly be leading the charge. Not only does this guy produce, he understands how to be a great teammate, mentor, and leader.

Steve Smith, Sinorice Moss, and Mario Manningham have all credited Toomer for enhancing their development and providing them guidance. Additionally, Toomer continually announces his support of Plaxico Burress, although he continues to make mistake after mistake off the field. Toomer is an exemplary teammate.

Furthermore, Amani Toomer's attitude is another characteristic for which he should be applauded. Before Plaxico arrived in New York, Toomer was the Giants number one wide receiver. Toomer never complained about being bumped to the number two spot; instead, he accepted his new role, embraced it, and has thrived ever since.

In what has become the NFL's "diva position," Amani Toomer has never acted as such. He has never demanded the ball more, never bashed his developing QB in the media, never slammed his beleaguered colleague to the press; he simply produces and leads.

Hopefully, the Giants young wide receiving corps will follow in Toomer's footsteps. 

Amani Toomer is a great New York Giant, if not one of the greatest and most underrated of all-time. It's time people start recognizing him as such.