December 3, 1964|
|Position(s)||Defensive back Cornerback, Nickelback, Safety|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||188 lb (85 kg)|
|NFL draft||1987 / Round: 8 / Pick 207|
|1987–1993||New Orleans Saints|
|1994–1996||San Francisco 49ers|
|Career highlights and awards|
Toi Fitzgerald Cook (born December 3, 1964) is a former professional American football player who was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the eighth round of the 1987 NFL Draft. A 5'11", 188 lb (85 kg). defensive back from Stanford University, he played in 11 NFL seasons from 1987 to 1997. In 1992, he had a career-high six interceptions for 90 yards and one touchdown for the Saints. He appeared in Super Bowl XXIX for the victorious San Francisco 49ers. He had an interception in the Super Bowl. Before his NFL career, he was an outfielder, and the leadoff hitter, on Stanford's 1987 College World Series national champion baseball team.
Cook was a two sport star and 3-year starter at Stanford playing both baseball and football - right field/centerfield and defensive back. He was a communications major. MVP of the Alpha League.
On April 12, 1985 Cook hit the baseball, which hit Mike Young, the best lefthanded college pitcher.
Minnesota Twins in the 38th round of the 1987 MLB June Amateur Draft from Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA) but chose to play football.
New Orleans Saints
At 22 years old, Cook was an eighth-round draft choice of the New Orleans Saints as a defensive back. Coached by Jim Mora.
Cook served as Player Representative for the NFLPA for ten years when he was a player in the NFL. Cook was instrumental in helping convince Gene Upshaw, Executive Director of the NFLPA, and its board members to move into the entertainment arena by licensing the players under the league’s group licensing program for entertainment productions.
San Francisco 49ers
Cook played under Head Coach George Seifert. 1995 San Francisco put the team together to beat the Dallas Cowboys. Cook turned down one million dollars from the Cincinnati Bengals because he didn't think they could win. Cook received the league minimum $162,000. Cook played cornerback, nickelback and safety.
Life after football
Cook hosted post-game football shows for WWL in New Orleans, NFC preview shows, and NFL Europe games for Fox Television, served as an analyst for KRON and co-hosted ESPN radio. Cook worked with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver to introduce "Polar Ball" (played with a Velcro ball and one glove) to the Special Olympics Committee.
Cook was the Executive Vice President in the Sports Division at the Gersh Agency in Los Angeles from 2004-2006
Cook is the principal of Toi Cook Management Group, LLC, September 25, 2007 and September 2012, became President of Empire Sports, a division of Empire Film Group. Empire Sports is a sports, entertainment, and consulting company.
On September 22, 2015 Cook is one of the more than 220 Former NFL Players serving as Master Trainers and Ambassadors For USA Football’s Heads Up Program
Film and television
Besides Cook's football appearances, he appeared in Minister of Defense: The Reggie White Story and '51 Dons as himself. Cook has producer credits for the Walking on Dead Fish - 2008 and The Coach's Journey 2015.
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