The North Carolina Giants undrafted free agent linebacker smiled as he read Lawrence Taylor’s line to The Post:
“I know he’s a hard core and if he doesn’t get drafted he’ll work harder. From what I’ve seen he’s a solid player!!”
“That means a lot comes from him,” Tomon Fox told The Post. “He’s a respected guy. He respects me, I respect him, that just means a lot.”
He met The Greatest Before the Tar Heels on September 11th in the state of Georgia at Kenan Memorial Stadium.
“I actually met him before the game,” Fox recalled, “I was walking through the weight room and I was like, ‘Oh, is that LT?’ And we chopped it up a bit.”
Fox recorded nine sacks last season, finishing with 30. He overtook LT (21) on North Carolina’s career sack list and moved up to third behind Greg Ellis (32.5) and Julius Peppers (30.5). .
“He just let me know that even though I beat his record or whatever he got his two years in or whatever he said he just let me know he’s still king” said Fox and laughed.
Fox is a 24-year-old, 6-foot-3, 255-pound linebacker who is a big underdog for the first time in his football life.
“If someone didn’t see something in you at first, maybe you show them down the road, something like that,” Fox said. “It feels like it just gives me a bigger stage to show people what I can do.”
In his final two years at Collins Hill High School in Suwanee, Georgia, he recorded 22 sacks and was an All-State senior. His best 40 time was a 4.64.
“My mentality is just beat up everyone in front of me, show that I’m the bigger man and win every rep,” Fox said.
He has enough pass-rushing abilities to earn this one-of-a-kind test match and achieve his long-awaited dream.
“It definitely starts with my speed, that’s one,” Fox said, “my strength, my long arm on the right especially and then my ability to bend around corners.”
His brother Tomari is a defensive tackle starting his senior year in North Carolina. Fox credits his father Tony for pushing him.
“He got me doing things like exercising when I didn’t want to work out, drinking protein shakes when I didn’t want to,” Fox said, “so he was the one who pushed me and got me where I am.” I just.”
Fox, who has a keen interest in art and designed tattoos for teammates, didn’t start playing soccer until he was in eighth grade.
“When he turned 12, I got him his membership at Gold’s Gym,” Tony Fox told the Post. “I know football is a hurting business so I prepared his body for contact.”
Of course, Tony likes his son’s chances.
“It is my understanding that they are running the same defenses as UNC,” he said. “He can really come in and hit the ground running.”
Tomon Fox was coached by pass rush gurus like Nathan O’Neal and Chuck Smith, as well as former NFL linebacker Randall Godfrey.
“He’s been an effective pass rusher since high school,” said Tony Fox.
The Giants believe top draft pick Kayvon Thibodeaux will work with Azeez Ojulari to bring back the good old days of the big blue pass rush. The more the better.
“The main goal of the NFL isn’t to get drafted,” said Tony Fox.
Tony was there when Tomon was credited a half sack against Virginia Tech for getting past LT.
“LT’s a big name,” Tony said, “but he’s been consistent and very productive on the field.”
Consider it ironic that Tomon Fox is a native of Lawrenceville, Georgia. He was shown a YouTube quote from LT on the day of the game in Georgia:
“He’s a committed player, hard-nosed,” Taylor said. “He’s going to do well in the NFL. If he keeps his head straight, maybe he’ll do better than me.”
Taylor wore a mischievous smile as he said it. He knows and everyone knows there will never be another LT. Tomon Fox smiled again as he read the quote. I told him LT was just kidding.
“Who knows? He put it out there so it could happen. But I have to do my thing,” Tomon Fox said, laughing. “That’s a long road.”
I tell him it’s aiming high.
“That’s really high,” Tomon Fox said. He laughed and said, “If I fall short, it’s still good.”
https://nypost.com/2022/05/14/undrafted-tomon-fox-has-lawrence-taylor-in-corner/ Undrafted Tomon Fox has Lawrence Taylor in the corner