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Brandon Banks

Brandon Banks
Banks during the 2011 Redskins training camp.
No. 16     Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Wide receiver / Return specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-12-21) December 21, 1987
Place of birth: Garner, North Carolina
Height: 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) Weight: 153 lb (69 kg)
Career information
High school: Garner (NC) Magnet
College: Kansas State
Undrafted in 2010
Debuted in 2010 for the Washington Redskins
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • CFL All-Star (2014)
  • CFL East All-Star (2014)
Career NFL statistics
Receptions 11
Receiving yards 35
Total return yards 3,793
Total touchdowns 2
Stats at
Career CFL statistics as of 2014
Receptions 38
Receiving yards 458
Total return yards 1,421
Total touchdowns 3
Stats at

Brandon Desean Banks (born December 21, 1987) is an American football wide receiver and return specialist for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was signed by the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL) as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played college football at Kansas State.

Originally coming into the NFL at 149 pounds, Banks was the lightest active player in the league.[1]


  • Early years 1
    • Track and field 1.1
      • Personal bests 1.1.1
  • College career 2
    • Junior college 2.1
    • Kansas State 2.2
    • College statistics 2.3
  • Professional career 3
    • 2010 NFL Combine 3.1
    • Washington Redskins 3.2
      • 2010 Season 3.2.1
      • 2011 Season 3.2.2
      • 2012 Season 3.2.3
    • Hamilton Tiger-Cats 3.3
      • 2013 Season 3.3.1
      • 2014 season 3.3.2
  • Personal 4
    • Stabbing Incident 4.1
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early years

Banks was a four-year starter and two-time all-conference selection at Garner Magnet High School in Garner, North Carolina. He led the Trojans to three consecutive conferences championships and a 33–5 record over his final three seasons.

Track and field

Banks was named to the 2006 USA Today All-USA high school track and field team after posting a 10.42 in the 100 meter and a 21.44 in the 200 meter.[2]

Personal bests

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
60 meters 6.80 Landover, Maryland March 12, 2006
100 meters 10.42 Greensboro, North Carolina June 16, 2006
200 meters 21.44 Greensboro, North Carolina June 29, 2006

College career

Junior college

As a Bakersfield College Renegade, Banks earned first-team All-America honors from JC Gridwire as an all-purpose player/wide receiver. He was also named a PrepStar JUCO All-American. He helped lead Bakersfield to a No. 1 national ranking, a 12–1 record on the season and a berth in the Southern California championship game. His 15 touchdowns set a school record.[3]

Kansas State

Banks transferred to Kansas State to begin the 2008 season.

Banks became the second straight Wildcat to earn offensive newcomer of the year accolades after Deon Murphy took the honor in 2007. In all, Kansas State has had eight players earn conference newcomer of the year honors since 1996.

He had one of the best seasons in school history for a junior wide receiver after collecting 67 receptions for 1,049 yards and nine touchdowns. He became the sixth player in school history to reach 1,000 receiving yards in a season and his 67 catches and 1,049 receiving yards were the most by a Wildcat junior for a single season.

Banks also contributed on special teams in 2008 as he collected 498 yards on 18 kickoff returns and five punt returns for 58 yards. His 98-yard kickoff return against Nebraska tied for the fifth-longest in school history. Banks' 1,731 total all-purpose yardage in 2008 ranks fifth in single-season school history, while his 144.2 all-purpose yards per game mark checks in at No. 8 on the Kansas State single-season records chart. He was a first team Big 12 Conference selection on special teams and he was a second team All-American his Senior Year.

College statistics

Year GP Rec. Yards Avg Long TD
2008 12 67 1,049 15.7 77 9
2009 12 56 705 12.6 64 1
Total 24 123 1,754 14.3 77 10

Professional career

2010 NFL Combine

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 7 in 149 lb 4.37 s 1.50 s 2.53 s 4.29 s 6.88 s 33 in 9 ft 5 in
All values from NFL Combine

Washington Redskins

2010 Season

After the 2010 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins signed Banks as an undrafted free agent on May 17, 2010.[4] He returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown in the first preseason game against the Buffalo Bills on August 13, 2010, and was shortly thereafter given the nickname, "Crazy Legs Banks".[5] Against the New York Jets, however, he fumbled a return and had inconsistent play against the Baltimore Ravens, which included a second lost fumble.[5] The Redskins released Banks on September 26, 2010, but re-signed him to the practice squad on September 29.

In his first regular season NFL game, Banks returned his first punt 51 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles which set up a Redskin touchdown. In Week 5 against the Green Bay Packers, his responsibilities expanded to include both punt and kick return duties. Banks recorded three punt returns for 47 yards and two kickoff returns for 33 yards, while a 62 yard kickoff return was negated by a holding penalty.[6] In Week 6 against the Indianapolis Colts, Banks blocked a 48-yard field goal attempt by Adam Vinatieri.[7][8] On October 31, 2010 against the Detroit Lions, Banks totaled 271 return yards, setting a franchise record. His 96-yard kickoff return midway through the fourth quarter was the Redskins' first kick return for a touchdown in 70 games, and the first of Banks' career.[9] In Week 12, Banks ran a 77-yard punt return in a home game against the Minnesota Vikings for a touchdown to give the Redskins a lead late in the game, but a penalty called on Perry Riley negated the return and the Redskins lost.[10]

2011 Season

Starting the 2011 season off slow, Banks would finally have an impressive 55-yard punt return before being pushed out of bounds in the second game against the Dallas Cowboys.[11] In Week 14 against the New England Patriots, Rex Grossman gave the ball to Roy Helu, who then gave it to Banks; Banks then threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss.[12] The pass was the first of Banks' career. Later in Week 16 against the Minnesota Vikings, Banks took a reverse handoff for a 59-yard touchdown run, but just like his punt return touchdown in the previous meeting between the two teams in the 2010 season, it was nullified by a penalty on Darrel Young.[13] On the next play, Rex Grossman threw an interception and the Redskins went on to lose the game.[14]

2012 Season

Banks at Redskins training camp in 2012.

During the 2012 preseason, coach Mike Shanahan announced that he expected Banks to contribute more as receiver if he was to make the team.[15] To prepare for the season, Banks gained an additional ten pounds.[16] Against the Chicago Bears in the second game of the preseason, Banks returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown.[17] In the last preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he caught a 47-yard pass from Kirk Cousins, as well as rushed for 43 yards on a reverse.[18] Banks made the final 53-man roster by the start of the 2012 season after much controversy over whether or not he could contribute to the team as more than a return specialist.[19]

After being ineffective for most of the season, Banks was put on the inactive list in the Week 14 game against the Baltimore Ravens as the Redskins used Niles Paul and Richard Crawford to take over his return duties.

Set to become a restricted free agent for the 2013 season, it was reported that the Redskins planned on letting Banks enter free agency with no plans to re-sign him.[20]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

2013 Season

Banks signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on September 30, 2013.[21] He played in the final 4 regular season games with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. He was named the Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 18 of the 2013 CFL season for returning a missed field goal for the game-winning touchdown to clinch home-field advantage in the Eastern Semifinals.

2014 season

Banks returned two punts for touchdowns in the Tiger-Cats's 40-24 win over the Montreal Alouettes in the Eastern Final, advancing the Tiger-Cats to the 102nd Grey Cup. An additional punt return was called back because of a penalty.[22] In the 102nd Grey Cup, Banks recorded a 45-yard receiving touchdown, while an apparent punt return touchdown with under a minute left in the game was called back due to an illegal block.[23][24] He recorded 1,968 combined yards during the regular season.[25]


Banks is known for performing the John Wall Dance as his touchdown celebration. Banks is good friends with Washington Wizards point guard John Wall with the two of them growing up together in the Raleigh, North Carolina area and at one point in time both played professionally in Washington, DC.[26] He has three children, Brandon Desean Banks II, Jade Anaya Banks and Carter J Banks.

Stabbing Incident

On the morning of Saturday, February 12, 2011, Banks was stabbed along with another man outside a D.C. nightclub following a verbal dispute. He was admitted to Howard University Hospital in Washington D.C with a punctured lung and was released on February 18. The other victim was admitted in critical condition.[27] The attacker, later revealed to be Jason Shorter, was sentenced to three months of jail for the stabbing plus an additional three months for an earlier incident of carrying a firearm without a license on April 24, 2012.[28]


  1. ^ Steinberg, Dan (October 6, 2010). "About Brandon Banks's size". Retrieved 2012-08-04. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Brandon Banks #83". Kansas State Athletics. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  4. ^ Brandon Banks signs with Redskins, Kansas City Star, May 17, 2010.
  5. ^ a b Brandon Banks puts excitement back in the return game, The Washington Post, September 2, 2010.
  6. ^ Brandon Banks Is Growing His Skillset, Washington Redskins, October 10, 2010.
  7. ^ Brandon Banks Blocks A Kick (Maybe), Washington Redskins, October 17, 2010.
  8. ^ Colts 27, Redskins 24: Play-By-Play, ESPN, October 17, 2010.
  9. ^ Banks Breaks Loose In a Big Way, Washington Redskins, November 1, 2010.
  10. ^ Reid, Jason (November 29, 2010). "Mike Shanahan stands behind Perry Riley". Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  11. ^ Maese, Rick (November 20, 2011). "Brandon Banks finally breaks one loose". Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  12. ^ "Redskins vs. Patriots: Quarter-by-quarter breakdown, game’s key play". Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  13. ^ Steinberg, Dan (December 24, 2011). "Redskins-Vikings best and worst". Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  14. ^ Svrluga, Barry (December 24, 2011). "Redskins loss to Vikings sealed by two key plays". Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  15. ^ Tandler, Rich (June 14, 2012). "Shanahan: Banks must contribute at WR". Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  16. ^ El-Bashir, Tarik (July 23, 2012). "'"Banks says he's 'ready and excited. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  17. ^ Larry Mayer (2012-08-21). "Write Now Blog | Toub ‘very concerned’ about Podlesh". Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  18. ^ Maske, Mark (August 30, 2012). "Brandon Banks runs, catches, returns against Bucs. Now he sees whether he made the Redskins roster". Retrieved 2012-09-01. 
  19. ^ Jones, Mike (August 31, 2012). "Brandon Banks makes Redskins’ 53-man roster". Retrieved 2012-09-01. 
  20. ^ Jones, Mike (March 11, 2013). "Redskins tender restricted free agent Chris Baker, will let Brandon Banks walk". Retrieved 2013-03-11. 
  21. ^ Wilkening, Mike (October 29, 2013). "Brandon Banks quickly makes impact for CFL’s Tiger-Cats". Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  22. ^ Allen, SCott. "Former Redskins return man Brandon Banks leads Hamilton to Grey Cup with two punt return TDs". Retrieved November 24, 2014. 
  23. ^ Mingo, Rita (2014-11-30). "Stamps beat Ticats 20-16 to claim 102nd Grey Cup". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 2014-11-30. 
  24. ^ "Play by Play". Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  25. ^ "CFL East Final: Ticats' Banks could be difference vs. Als". November 20, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  26. ^ Barry Svrluga (11 December 2010). "Redskins' Brandon Banks, reunited with childhood friend John Wall and providing big returns". The Washington Post. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  27. ^ Jones, Mike (February 16, 2011). "Washington Redskins' Brandon Banks has injury from stabbing more serious than initially indicated". The Washington Post. 
  28. ^ McCabe, Scott (April 24, 2012). "Man who stabbed Redskins player gets 3 months". Retrieved 2012-09-13. 

External links

  • Kansas State Wildcats football bio
  • Washington Redskins bio
  • Hamilton Tiger-Cats bio Archive copy at the Wayback Machine
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