|Born:||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|
|1994–1995||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 a three-year starter at Stanford, playing both baseball and football - right field / center field, and defensive back. He was a communications major. MVP of the Alpha League.
On April 12, 1985, Cook hit a line drive off the University of Arizona's big league left-handed pitching prospect Mike Young. The shot hit Young and shattered his zygomatic arch. Young would never return to form. The promising lefty would never play above AA baseball.
Cook was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 38th round of the 1987 MLB June Amateur Draft from Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA), but chose to play NFL football.
New Orleans Saints
At 22 years old, Cook was an eighth-round draft choice of the New Orleans Saints as a defensive back. He was coached by Jim Mora.
He served as a player representative for the NFLPA for ten years as an NFL player. He 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 49er head coach George Seifert. In 1994, San Francisco assembled a championship team good enough to beat the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC championship game, and the San Diego Chargers in the Super Bowl. After turning down a million-dollar contract offer from the Cincinnati Bengals because he didn't think they could win, he played for only the league minimum of $162,000 but won the Super Bowl with the 49ers. 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. He returned to San Francisco as an NFL game analyst for KRON, and then co-hosted ESPN radio shows. Cook worked with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, 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 to 2006.
He became principal owner of Toi Cook Management Group LLC on September 25, 2007. In September 2012, he became president of Empire Sports, a division of Empire Film Group and a sports, entertainment and consulting company.
On September 22, 2015, Cook became 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
After his NFL career, Cook appeared in Minister of Defense: the Reggie White Story and '51 Dons as himself. He has producer credits for the Walking on Dead Fish (2008) and The Coach's Journey (2015).
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