Amani Toomer: Mr. Consistency

Kyle WattContributor IDecember 12, 2008

If someone were to ask you who the most durable receiver in the National Football League is, I bet that Amani Toomer wouldn't cross you're mind.

But he is.

A 13-year pro and a two-time Super Bowl Champion, Amani Toomer can still get it done at age 34. He has already surpassed the amount of touchdowns that he had a year ago, and had a season high 85 receiving yards with five receptions against the Redskins in Week 13.

He leads the best team in football, New York Giants, with 505 receiving yards. Toomer is the last remaining active  member of the New York Giants Super Bowl XXXV team. Amani Toomer gets no love for being so great for so long.

He is the best that I have ever seen at catching the ball out of  play and dragging his feet for a reception. He is the Giants' franchise leader in career receptions with 637 (and counting).

Amani Toomer is Mr. Consistency.

If you expect the Giants to all of a sudden fall off because of the sudden and stupid loss of Plaxico Burress, than think again. Amani Toomer is not only underrated from a receivers stand point but as a leader as well. Expect Toomer to lead a young and inexperienced Giants receiving team (Hixon, Smith, Manningham, Moss) through this loss. 

Toomer seems to have found a way to fly under the radar his entire career. Toomer is like the Bernie Williams of football—an icon, a hometown hero, and an underrated, underappreciated talent. 

Toomer is versatile as well, in his earlier playing days he wasn't just a receiver. His first year in the league he was a spectacular return man as well. He holds the record for the longest punt return in Giants history, an 87-yard touchdown return vs. Buffalo on Sept. 1, 1996.

That year, he was also able to establish another record that hasn't yet been broken. He has the highest average return yards per game for a single season, the record being 16.6 yards per attempt.

Toomer faces a tough this challenge this week though, as he and the Giants, take on a desperate and fading Dallas Cowboy team. Expect another solid game from Amani.