I don't think I've ever been happier writing an article. I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to say that I, along with the entire Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, told ya so.
McHenry's own Robert Tonyan, broke out last night for 98 yds and 3 touchdowns!
It seemed like most of the NFL community was surprised by this name. However, anyone that follows the Packers closely, or grew up with Robert, knew this was years in the making. Last night was just his first true opportunity.
For everyone not familiar with Tonyan, he came into the NFL in 2017 as an undrafted free agent, signed by the Detroit Lions. After missing the final roster cut, he went back to training and ended up being signed to Green Bay's practice squad in December of that year. Since then, he's broken onto the roster, and caught a touchdown each of the previous seasons.
So where was this performance earlier?
Well, it was brewing. He wasn't ready to be a starting Tight End. After transitioning from a Quarterback to a Wide-receiver in college, and then a receiver to Tight End in the NFL, Tonyan needed to learn to block to complete his game.
So he kept progressing, and worked out with All-Pro TE George Kittle in the offseason, continuing to get better.
Jimmy Graham left Green Bay, leaving the TE-1 spot up for competition between Mercedes Lewis, newcomer Jace Sternberger, and Robert Tonyan.
With top receiving threat, Davante Adams along with Lewis out with injuries this week, it was finally Tonyan's opportunity to break out. And to many, this was a huge surprise. But not to me. And not to the city of McHenry.
Because to fully understand the athlete, you have to understand the person. You always hear stories of Michael Jordan betting thousands of dollars on the golf course. Or Tom Brady in college at Michigan constantly breaking video game controllers because he hated to lose. Robert would play pool in my basement and wouldn't let us stop playing until he finally won. And he was like that in everything.
I was involved in recreational, and high school sports for a long time. The past 3 years, I've been around some of the greatest athletes in world. There are some things you just can't coach. You can't coach talent, but more importantly, you can't coach desire to succeed. Rob didn't give up when he switched positions, when he was cut, or when he was 3rd string. He went back and worked harder. We all saw it.
I'm happy to see Rob's hard work pay off, and proud to see his support system out in full force last night on Twitter. We told ya so.
Fantasy owners, pick up Tonyan while you still can! It's "Big Bob Tonyan Szn"