Former Badger football player and current New Orleans Saint Nick Toon joined the show on Friday.
What are Toon’s thoughts on his former college quarterback? “Russell (Wilson) is a phenomenal player; I’ve been saying that from the first time I threw with him, I knew he was special. I wish I would have been able to play with him for a little bit longer during the college years.” Toon went on to say he was fortunate to play with him for one year.
So what about Toon’s current NFL quarterback? “Personally, maybe I’m a little biased, but I think Drew (Brees) is the best in the game, no offense to Russell.” Toon said he has great faith in the team the Saints are building.
As a current player, do you pay close attention to NFL Free Agency? “I kind of keep track of it, but there are so many moves, it’s hard to keep track of everything. I have no control over it, so it’s one of those things it is what it is, my job is just to go to work every day and do my job.”
Toon has been battling a foot injury since his final season with the Badgers, but he said, “My foot is feeling great, back to 100% for the first time in a while, so it will be exciting to see what I can do out there on the field this year.” “I’m glad we took care of it on the front end and won’t have to worry about it anymore. I miss the game, I miss being out there on the field, and I’m excited to get back.” Toon said that where he ends up on the depth chart is up to the coaches, but he’s just going to “perform to the best of my ability.”
The NFL is doing all sorts of rule changes, and Toon said the most important thing that the NFL has to do is be realistic on player safety. “It’s a physical game, unfortunately people get hurt, and all of us know the risks going into the game.”
Besides football, Toon loved Track and Field. “My Dad was a track guy. I triple jumped in high school (and) I actually ran my redshirt freshman year here at the UW, I ran indoors, and actually ended up getting mono, (so I couldn’t run outdoor track).”
Toon said his family has season tickets to the Badger Basketball games, and he went to the Michigan game. How far does he think the basketball team can go in the NCAA Tournament? “I hope we can go all the way.”