‘When will I see you … again?” The eye candy this week is fabulous! One of this week’s cuties hails from Michigan, the birthplace of MoTown and the Supremes song is very appropriate as we wait and wonder if we’ll lay eyes on these cuties soon. One is off the field because of injury, another for personal reasons and another is just waiting for another turn. But what we do know is that they are all so fine, they should have no trouble finding someone to keep them company. Enjoy!
Some of you may remember when cartoons only aired on Saturday mornings. Well thankfully, Nick Toon can play every day of the week. The rookie receiver was a beast on the field at Wisconsin ranking in the top five in Badgers record books in grabs, yardage and scoring catches. But the sexy, sassy Saints wideout has yet to show us what he can do on the field due to an injury. From the looks of it though, there are many tasks the ladies would love him to perform while off duty.
Nick Toon is also NFL legacy. After a stellar career at Wisconsin, he turned NFL’er (just like Dad.) Father Al Toon was a three-time pro bowler who played for seven years with the New York Jets. That’s added pressure but Nick says he’s lived with it his whole life, so that’s nothing new.
The 6’4″ receiver is long and lean, but he’s also strong weighing in at 218 pounds. He was a late gridiron bloomer which was his parents’ choice. Nicks’ dad wouldn’t let him play football until he was 12 years old. Instead, he tried basketball, soccer, baseball, lacrosse, and even ran track. Still, he settled back into the comfortable position that seems to suit him well, the same one his father played. Al Toon retired with serious concussion-related symptoms and Nick is quite aware of the toll that the game could take on his body. He’s not worried, though. He likes to play (that’s a good thing for the ladies in New Orleans.)
Nick has suffered a lingering foot issue requiring surgery, but he’s not deterred. The 4th-round draft pick will be back on the field in the Big Easy. Once he gets back to his top performance level shape, no one will have to ask “Who Dat?” We’ll be waiting.
Look who has the last laugh! If I told you that Matt Leinart was the fat kid with cross eyes who was constantly teased, would you believe me? Well it’s all true. The USC Heisman winning quarterback endured constant ridicule when he was young. “I used to get made fun of for being cross-eyed. It’s just a terrible thing because kids are so cruel to the fat kid, to the kid with the glasses. So I turned to sports,” he would later say. It’s Anti-Bullying Month and Leinartstill speaks out on the effects of what some call teasing on other children. Luckily, his parents encouraged young Matt and now he could be the pic you post on fb or save in your iPhone just so you can look at it a few times a day. Oakland Raider fans like looking at him on the sideline, that’s for sure!
Matt now has the looks of a Hollywood leading man – tall, dark and handsome with a sensitive side. Leinart was a first round draft pick in 2006, selected 10th overall by Denny Green who had high hopes for the lefty. Standing a towering 6’5″ and well-coached by Pete Carroll, Leinart was an anticipated part of the offense, but a long holdout and the presence of new legend Kurt Warner would make for a rocky start.
But that’s the football part. We are just as concerned with how good this man looks. He has a smile that could charm the rattles off a snake. And don’t you want to just run your fingers through that gorgeous head of hair?Sometimes he goes for that boy-next-door, clean shaven look that can make you coo. The next minute, he’s grown out that beard covering the dimples that Keshi loves so much in favor of the rugged, manly “I-can-protect-you” image. You can’t go wrong with either one.
Did I mention that he’s sensitive? Leinart’s former Mater-Dei high school teammate Adam Hurtado put on extra pounds after his NFL dreams were cut short by a knee injury. Matt didn’t just run away or ridicule him. Instead he encouraged Adam to try to out for The Biggest Loser and made an appearance on the season opener. Hurtado said that he wouldn’t have done it without Leinart’s support and big push.
Now, Leinart is trying to get his own shot and revive his career as a member of the Oakland Raiders, playing behind another USC starter Carson Palmer. Whatever happens with the NFL career, we haven’t even begun to see all what Palmer will do with his celebrity.
Dreams come true! Ours and those of Devin Thomas who is so fine I might find a reason to move to Michigan. The one thing we know for certain about Thomas is that he has good hands. In last year’s Super Bowl, the NFL journeyman recovered two critical fumbles leading to a New York Giants championship. The second fumble recovery was the play that led to the winning score. Devin’s childhood dream was to play football and win a Super Bowl. At 25 he reached the pinnacle. We’ll come back to his choice to let go of the game, but first we want to enjoy a near perfect specimen.
Take a look at the abs on the left. As Whoopi would say, “Ripplin’! I mean rip-plin!” The boys abs are so hard you could clean a whole load of whites on that washboard. And the skin looks silky smooth like a vat of sweet caramel. The abs were such a distraction that I almost forgot to look into his eyes. But once I was able to look up, I noticed those piercing brown eyes set in a gorgeous face. Can you imagine that man looking at you with those eyes from across the room? Just think about that for a second.
Devin is determined to have a good life after the game. His career was not without its ups and downs. Thomas was drafted high in the 2nd round by the Washington Redskins out of Michigan State, but after two years, his relationship with the team was strained. He was waived and not too happy about it. But that didn’t stop him. Devin worked until other teams took notice. He ended up on the New York Giants by way of the Carolina Panthers. While playing with the Giants against his former Redskins team, he had a scary injury that fortunately turned out okay. But the memory of lying motionless on the field and being carted off seemed to cause Thomas to stop and think about what it all means. He played the remainder of the year and was on cloud nine following the final postseason performance.
After his team’s Super Bowl win, he signed with the Chicago Bears who had big plans to use him. But Devin felt that God had a bigger plan. “God has blessed me (with) achieving a childhood dream,” Thomas wrote. “I want to give back to my hometown and coach/mentor kids so they can reach their own.” Rumor has it he wants to return though; maybe there’s more to do. If there is, we will be on hand to see him roll off that Michigan assembly line, chiseled and crafted supremely. The ladies will surely appreciate the smooth ride.