Emanuel Tobert was a seventh round draft pick of the NFL Chicago Bears. After his release by Chicago, Tolbert signed with Saskatchewan partway through the 1980 season. Tolbert had 21 catches in just 5 games in that initial season, and followed up with 46 catches for 619 yards in his first full season in 1981. Something went wrong with Tolbert in Saskatchewan in 1982, and despite having 15 catches in just 4 games, Tolbert was released by the Riders. He later signed with Toronto in September, but did not play any games for the Argos that year. In 1983, Tolbert has his first thousand yard season receiving on 70 catches for 1225 yards. He also captuered his first East All-Star honours. Injuries limited Tolbert to only 7 games in 1984, and he was traded to Calgary for 1985 along with LB Darrell Nickolson for LB Dan Rashoovich. That turned out to be an excellent trade for Calgary, as Tolbert then ran off four thousand yard seasons receiving for the Stampeders from 1985 through 1988. Tolber won West All-Star honours in three of those seasons (1986, 1987 and 1988) and picked up an All-Canadian award in 1988 as well. Toronto resigned Tolbert as a free-agent for the 1989 season where he had 32 catches in just 10 games. Tolbert was then traded to BC along with a batch of other players including LB Willie Pless for QB Matt Dunnigan. Tolbert finished his career in BC in 1990, adding 325 yards passing to take him to 8108 for his career.
Tackle stats were not kept until 1987, and special teams tackles in 1991.