Director of Public Relations
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Toler Makes NFL History at Saint Paul’s
Lawrenceville, VA: April 27, 2009- Saint Paul’s College defensive back Gregory Toler
was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round of the NFL draft. Toler is the
first Saint Paul’s player to be drafted into the NFL.
“I am blessed and excited to be starting my professional football career with the
Cardinals,” stated Toler, the 2nd defensive back to be drafted out of the Commonwealth of
Virginia. Toler is also the second player to be drafted from an HBCU and the only player
to be drafted from the CIAA Conference this year.
Toler, a 5ft 11in Washington, D.C. recruit, originally did not have hopes in playing pro
ball after missing his chance to earn an athletic scholarship due to poor grades. It was not
until Mark Martin, Head Coach for the D.C. explosion, recruited Toler to play on his
semipro football team that Toler’s luck began to change.
Kevin Grisby, Defensive Coordinator at Saint Paul’s, approached Toler soon after with
the opportunity he was looking for, a chance to be a college athlete.
“After talking with Toler, I saw he was willing to commit to our football program and his
academics here at the College,” stated Grisby, a former defensive back for the
Toler earned first- team All-CIAA and All-CIAA Rookie honors his first year playing left
cornerback at the College.
In his last season as senior, Toler led the Conference with 6 pass interceptions, ranked
second in NCAA Division II with 19 passes defended and a career-high of 51 tackles, 37
solo. He runs a sub-4.4 40-yard dash.
Toler will earn his Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice on May 10, a day that has
been a long time coming.