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Greg Toler's Path To The NFL


Greg Toler, who joined the team Wednesday after playing the last three seasons with the Colts, is a D.C. native.

The newest Redskin has lots of personal ties to Washington, D.C., but he has also had a lot of obstacles in his path before finally landing on his hometown team.

Toler attended nearby Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, Md., before playing semi-professional football for the D.C. Explosion in the Regional American Football League.

After high school, Toler's grades didn't qualify the cornerback to earn a scholarship to play college football at a major university.

Instead of playing at a Junior College, Toler took a job at a local JC Penny where he swept the floors, stocked the shelves and assumed his football days were over.

He then met with a local coach who convinced him to give football another shot. Mark Martin was a local high school coach at the time, but wanted Toler to join his semi-professional team.

Toler joined the D.C. Explosion and restarted his career, and after a handful of games he was approached by the coach of St. Paul's College, a Division II school that was looking to revive its football program. The school branded itself as a second opportunity for Division I talent that was unable to play due to off-field or academic issues.

At St. Paul's, Toler earned first team All-CIAA honors his freshman, sophomore and senior season and earned first team HBCU All-America honors as a senior in 2008 which attracted the attention of professional teams.

After his standout collegiate career, Toler was selected by the Arizona Cardinals with the 131st pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

To this day, Toler remains the only player to be drafted out of St. Paul's College, as their football program was shut down in 2011.




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