METAIRIE, La. — Has anyone ever had to work so hard for his first NFL touchdown?
New Orleans Saints receiver Nick Toon had to wait three years to finally reach the end zone. When he finally did, he had to fight his way through four Pittsburgh Steelers defenders on his way in for the 11-yard score in Sunday’s 35-32 victory.
“I’m happy for him. Especially since that wasn’t just any old catch and waltz in the end zone,” said quarterback Drew Brees, who threw a short pass in the third quarter before Toon did all of the work — stiff-arming cornerback Ike Taylor, spinning away from Taylor and safety Troy Polamalu, then absorbing two big hits near the goal line from end Brett Keisel and linebacker Lawrence Timmons.