Carl Banks
refer to caption
Banks in 2014
No. 58
Personal information
Born: (1962-08-29) August 29, 1962 (age 61)
Flint, Michigan, U.S.
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:Mount Morris (MI) Beecher
College:Michigan State
NFL Draft:1984 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at · PFR

Carl E. Banks (born August 29, 1962) is an American former professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL). He played from 1984 to 1995 for the New York Giants, the Washington Redskins and the Cleveland Browns. He played college football for the Michigan State Spartans.


Banks played high school football at Beecher High School, graduating in 1980.[1] He was drafted by the New York Giants in the first round of the 1984 NFL Draft with the third overall pick.[2] He made the Pro Bowl in 1987, had 39.5 career quarterback sacks, and was a member of the NFL's 1980's All-Decade Team. He played college football at Michigan State University and was the third overall pick in the 1984 NFL Draft.[3] He was a member of the Giants teams that won Super Bowls XXI and XXV as well as a key part of the Big Blue Wrecking Crew. Banks was a standout in their Super Bowl XXI victory in which he recorded 14 total tackles, including ten solo tackles. In 1993, Banks entered a three-year contract to play for the Washington Redskins.[4] He was released from the Redskins after the 1993 season and spent his final two years with the Cleveland Browns before retiring after the 1995 season.

Post-football career

After retiring from the NFL, Banks was a part-owner of the Arena Football League's New Jersey Red Dogs, along with ex-Giants Joe Morris and Harry Carson.[5] He was Director of Player Development for the New York Jets in 1997.[6] Currently, Banks can be heard as one of the voices of Sirius NFL Radio and WFAN. Starting in 2007, he became an analyst for the radio broadcasts of the New York Giants.

See also


  1. ^ Woodyard, Eric (September 27, 2012). "Past Beecher experiences shape former NFL player Carl Banks into successful businessman". MLive Media Group. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  2. ^ "1984 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved 2023-10-10.
  3. ^ Litsky, Frank (May 2, 1984). "Giants Get Banks, Touted Linebacker". The New York Times. p. B12.
  4. ^ Denlinger, Ken (June 15, 1993). "Redskins Get Banks; Linebacker Signs 3-Year, $5.4 Million Deal". The Washington Post. p. E1.
  5. ^ George, Thomas (May 23, 2000). "Pro Football; Thumbs Up to Arena League Gladiators". The New York Times. Retrieved February 7, 2010.
  6. ^ Myers, Gary (July 18, 1997). "Parcells 'Rings' Losing Out of Jets". New York Daily News. Retrieved February 7, 2010.[permanent dead link]

Media related to Carl Banks at Wikimedia Commons