Toomer happy to ‘just play football again’
SEATTLE -- For Korey Toomer, the objective is simple.
The 6-foot-2, 235-pound linebacker just wants to be back on the football field again.
“I feel like I’ve got five to six years left and I just want to show teams that I can still play at 31,” Toomer said. “I’m fast, I’m mobile. I can move just like a 25-year-old.”
The XFL and the Dragons provided the opportunity Toomer was looking for, and on Wednesday, he practiced with this new team for the second time.
“It feels good to get back in the swing of things and just play football again,” he said.
Toomer was acquired by the Dragons through a trade with the Tampa Bay Vipers and joins a defense that has been playing at a high level through three games.
“I feel like I fit pretty well,” Toomer said. “This is a system I’m used to. It’s just the verbiage I have to get comfortable with.”
For Seattle fans, Toomer is a name that should sound familiar. After finishing his college career at the University of Idaho, he was selected by the Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL draft.
“I played in Seattle from ’12-14,” he said. “It was a blessing to be here and be a part of a Super Bowl team.”
During his time in Seattle, he was teammates with current Dragons teammate B.J. Daniels.
“Me and B.J. were close,” he said. “He’s a really good dude.”
His NFL career included stops with seven teams, and he’s logged 124 tackles and two sacks with five forced fumbles and a pick-six. After spending the 2019 season with the B.C. Lions in the CFL, Toomer is out to prove he can still play at a high level.
“I’m just trying to stick through, go out on my own terms,” he said.
Prior to joining the Dragons, Toomer said he was just working out, waiting for his next opportunity.
“Just a lot of training,” he said. “I love to work out. I love to be in the gym. I love the whole aspect of just trying to get mentally and physically right.”
Seattle may be a familiar spot for Toomer, but he just wants to play, “so any environment is a great football atmosphere,” he said. “I love working hard and I just love playing. I’ve been playing this game my whole life. This is the only thing I know.”
Now back on the field, his next goal is to make an impact right away when the Dragons travel to St. Louis for a 2 p.m. PT game on Saturday.
“I’ve got to get my feet under me, get my technique sound and just work on my tools, getting off blocking, getting into the swing of things,” he said. “When you’re at home, you don’t do a lot of that. I’m just getting adjusted. I want to make sure I can play Saturday. That’s my goal.”
The father of two girls -- Chloe, 4, and Melina, 2 -- Toomer wants to keep playing to help provide for them. It's also nice that Chloe currently lives in Seattle.
“I get to see her a lot more now,” he said. “It’s good, man.”