When Greg Toler arrived in the NFL from tiny Saint Paul’s, he didn’t have a lot of background for building an NFL body. He was a relatively skinny 185 pounds at 6-feet tall. He is still reminded a lot about what he’s had to get used to — just the other day, he and Beanie Wells were getting worked on for their respective rehabbing injuries and Wells told Toler the upscale treatments were something he’s had done since his college days at Ohio State. Toler said all they had at Saint Paul’s was “ice and stim,” as in basic electronic stimulation.
“Heck, where I was, you could have been stabbed on the field and all you would have gotten was ice and stim,” Toler said. “I’m grateful where I came from but at the same time, you want to make sure your body is always ready.”
To that end, Toler’s rehab from a torn ACL has been more than just getting his knee right. The cornerback’s upper body has been transformed enough to make him look like a mini-Adrian Wilson — a good thing for a guy who has shown to be a willing and able tackler. He now weighs 193.
“A lot of guys say, ‘Man, you have no body fat, you’re on the A-Dub workout,’ ” Toler said. “Being compared to A-Dub, that’s always an honor, but I’m not quite there. He comes in 220-plus, two percent body fat. I ever get there, that’d be great.”
Wilson doesn’t work out with Toler in the offseason, but the veteran safety has done what he can to deliver the right message of preparation, which includes being not just in shape but the right shape.
“The NFL is something you can’t take for granted,” Wilson said. “A lot of things go into being a complete player. You have to have your personal life together, your nutrition together, weight room together, your work ethic together, in order to become the player you want to be on the field.
“I didn’t learn that my first two or three years in the league. (Then) I went from 196 pounds to 220 overnight because I finally understood and I wanted to become a force. That’s something guys have to be committed to. If you aren’t committed to that, you’re not committed to being the best you can be.”
Wilson said the coaching staff has raved to him about Toler’s commitment, not just to get rehabbed but his entire workout. “Hopefully,” Wilson said, “it will show up in September.”
Tags: Adrian Wilson, Greg Toler
Posted in Blog | 8 Comments »