I'll clear a couple of things up...
Cookie came to Sarnia and played for the Imperials in 1954, where he won the "Jim Shanks Memorial Trophy" as MVP. My family donated that trophy to the "Canadian Football Hall Of Fame" a couple of years back. (It was the first pro trophy he won)
He did join the "Dutchmen" the following year and then signed with the Ticats in 1956.
He refused induction to the Canadian Football Hall Of Fame, on principal, because he experienced racism at the hands of American coaches. He loved Canada and Canadians and in fact his children were born here and continue to live in the Toronto area.
There really is no "AFL Hall Of Fame" it's an internet website.
Cookie was really "blackballed" by the Football Hall Of Fame on the American side. He belongs there as well as the Canadian Football Hall Of Fame.
He did play for Sask. in 1958.
He is an interesting individual and a great man. He was an early civil rights leader and in fact was instrumental in getting "Ali" to come to Canada to fight George Chuvalo.
He led the 1965 Pro Bowl Boycott.
A little "google" research turns up some great stories about this guy. A good movie could be made about his exploits.
I encourage you to drop him a line to help him with this battle with cancer. :thup: