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Today we feature Al and Nick Toon ...
One is a Badger legend and the other - the legend's son - is just getting started.
Al Toon came to Wisconsin from Newport News, Va., and fashioned a terrific football and track and field career with the Badgers from 1982-84. He was a back-to-back first-team All-Big Ten wide receiver for the Badgers and the school's first back-to-back team MVP since Alan Ameche. Toon established school records for career receptions (131), receiving yards (2,103) and receiving touchdowns (19).
Among the elder Toon's notable performances were the famous "bounce-pass" completion against Illinois in 1982, as well as a 252-yard receiving performance that set the Big Ten record against Purdue in 1983. Toon also was an All-American in the indoor and outdoor triple jump and a three-time Big Ten triple jump champion. He went on to a successful career with the New York Jets from 1985-92.
Al's son, Nick, starred at Middleton High School just outside of Madison and just completed his redshirt freshman season as a wide receiver for the Badgers. He caught 17 passes for 257 yards and a touchdown. The Toons formed one of three UW father-son combinations for the Badger football program in 2008.
Nick Toon's Badger Bio