Behind the Facemask: Tim Toone

Posted Nov 16, 2012

Falcons vice president of football communications Reggie Roberts goes Behind the Facemask with freshly signed punt returner and wide receiver Tim Toone in an off-the-cuff interview.

Reggie Roberts: How excited are you to be back with the team?

Tim Toone: I’m really excited. Atlanta’s the one that gave me a shot and I kinda had bad luck. They’re giving me another shot, so hopefully I can do it justice and help us out.

RR: Before you finished your collegiate career with the Weber State Wildcats, you served a two-year mission trip in West Africa for the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. What was that like?

TT: It was a lot of fun. It’s an LDS mission trip so it’s more just trying to just talk about God with people and do some community service. I did that over in West Africa. It kind of helped me grow up a bit and be grateful for everything that my parents gave me and how they raised me. Not a lot of people have anything over there, and to see how happy they were, and how upbeat they were about everything, and how amazing they were to deal with in their situations just reminded me not to take for granted anything in my life because I’ve been blessed so much compared to them.

RR: You were Mr. Irrelevant — the final guy selected in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions — yet here you sit on an NFL roster.  What’s that like?

TT: I am just very, very happy to be given another chance. My career has been up and down. Atlanta has been really good to me, and I’m hopefully going to repay them and do good things for them.
RR: Who is your dream date?
TT: My wife, Christina.
RR:  What’s the last book you read?
TT: I’m not a big reader. My wife and I read scriptures together.
RR:  What is the one website that you visit every day?
TT:  I like looking up stuff. It’s a Utah based website, and it’s more like classifieds. I like looking at old cars, motorcycles, or mopeds for sale and dreaming about fixing them up and riding them around.
RR: You are hosting a dinner party and you can have anyone from any period in time at the party.  Who would be invited?
TT:  I was thinking about some of my ancestors, like it would be my family I would like to invite, but other than them I would say Jesus Christ would be the first one. That would be interesting. George Washington and Abe Lincoln. I’d probably just want to take any of my grandparents or great grandparents that I knew growing up. I’d pick them just because I want to see them again and talk with them again.
RR: Where would the dinner party be and what would you serve?
TT: It would definitely be at my house. More low key and just kind of a more personal setting there to hang out. Then, I’d probably end up just serving pizza. I’m a big pizza guy.

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