Cardinal kicker Jet Toner has the coolest name in college football
JET TONER possesses arguably the coolest name in college football. The senior kicker is clutch, too.
The youngest of six children, he was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and his true name is John Edward Toner V. At the hospital, a doctor mentioned his initials spelled Jet, and he’s been called that ever since.
“I didn’t know John was my first name until I was in elementary school,” said Toner, named after his grandfather.
When professors call attendance, they say John.
“Honestly, I still forget it’s my real name,” he said.
There’s no denying Toner has Aloha spirit in his blood. After drilling a 39-yard field goal with one second remaining to recently lift Stanford to a much-needed 31-28 win over Oregon State, he showed no emotion.
“Just doing my job,” he said.
Special teams coordinator PETE ALAMAR says Toner’s demeanor never changes.
“I think Jet would be that way if he grew up Albuquerque,” he said. “His happy to unhappy range – if the scale is 3 feet wide – is right in the middle. There’s about a 1-inch variance to where he goes.”
Not that Toner isn’t competitive. After attending a Stanford kicking camp prior to his senior year at Punahou High School, he didn’t initially receive a scholarship offer and considered attending UCLA.
“He didn’t leave a happy guy, but I told him to be patient,” said Alamar. “When push came to shove, we felt he was the best guy on the board, period. It’s proved itself to be true.”
Toner never wanted to be anywhere else.
“It was always my dream school,” he said. Toner is majoring in science, technology and society.
Two-time All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 All-Academic, Toner set a school record last year with a .933 field goal percentage (14-of-15), No. 2 in the country and No. 1 in the conference. He converted a game-tying 32-yard field goal as time expired at Oregon, enabling the Cardinal to complete a come-from-behind 38-31 overtime victory.
Toner is on the Lou Groza Award Watch list for the second consecutive year. The award recognizes college football’s top kicker.