A two-year team captain, Thomas Booker has been a dominant force on the defensive line while excelling as a double major at Stanford. The Ellicott City, Maryland, native becomes the Cardinal's 14th NFF National Scholar-Athlete.
A 2020 First Team Academic All-American and First Team Academic All-District selection, Booker maintains an impressive 3.88 GPA while double majoring in economics and communication. The two-time Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll member is on pace to graduate in June.
Tied for second on the team with 4.5 tackles for loss this season, Booker has racked up 42 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a blocked kick.
A two-year team captain, Booker earned First Team All-Pac-12 honors on special teams and second team all-conference laurels on defense in 2020. One of his biggest plays that season came on a blocked PAT in the Big Game against rival California that preserved a 24-23 Cardinal victory. Booker received Stanford's 2020 Phil Moffatt Award as one of its most outstanding special teams performers. As a sophomore in 2019, the standout defensive end earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 laurels. A Freshman All-American in 2018, Booker was named the most valuable lineman in the Cardinal's 14-13 Sun Bowl victory against Pitt.
In the aftermath of George Floyd's murder in Minneapolis, Booker became a leading voice on Stanford's campus in the fight for social and racial equality. He played an integral part in founding CardinalBLCK (Brilliance, Leadership, Community and Knowledge), which is designed to provide a safe space for Black student-athletes to connect, share and foster a community that will support them long after their college careers. Fueled by the power of its collective voices, CardinalBLCK strives to empower Black student-athletes to use their influence in positive ways.