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Chip Banks
No. 56
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1959-09-18) September 18, 1959 (age 64)
Lawton, Oklahoma, U.S.
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:233 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school:Laney (Augusta, Georgia)
College:USC
NFL draft:1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Sacks:46
Interceptions:9
Touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

William "Chip "Banks (born September 18, 1959) is an American former professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the USC Trojans. A four-time Pro Bowl selection with the Cleveland Browns, he was named an All-Pro in 1983. He also played for the San Diego Chargers and Indianapolis Colts.

High school and college career

Banks graduated from Lucy Craft Laney High School in Augusta, Georgia. He played college football at the University of Southern California (USC), from which he graduated in 1981.

Professional career

Banks was drafted by the Cleveland Browns with the third overall pick in the 1982 NFL Draft. He was awarded the NFL Rookie of the Year Award and was a four-time AFC Pro Bowler (1982, 1983, 1985, 1986) with the Cleveland Browns. Banks was traded to the San Diego Chargers on April 28, 1987 as part of a deal that saw the Browns and Chargers swap first- and second-round selections in the 1987 NFL Draft. Banks expected to get a new contract from San Diego and when the Chargers demanded he play out his under-market deal from Cleveland, Banks angrily refused to report again and sat out the entire 1988 season. He was traded to the Indianapolis Colts and played there for four seasons before retiring after the 1992 season.

NFL statistics

Year Team Games Combined Tackles Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries Fumble Return Yards Interceptions Interception Return Yards Yards per Interception Return Longest Interception Return Interceptions Returned for Touchdown Passes Defended
1982 CLE 9 0 0 0 5.5 0 0 0 1 14 14 14 0 0
1983 CLE 16 0 0 0 4.0 0 1 0 3 95 32 65 1 0
1984 CLE 16 0 0 0 2.5 0 3 17 1 8 8 8 0 0
1985 CLE 16 0 0 0 11.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1986 CLE 16 0 0 0 4.5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1987 SD 12 0 0 0 3.0 0 2 0 1 20 20 20 0 0
1989 IND 10 0 0 0 1.0 0 1 0 2 13 7 11 0 0
1990 IND 16 0 0 0 4.5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991 IND 11 0 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1992 IND 16 0 0 0 9.0 0 1 0 1 3 3 3 0 0
Total Total 138 0 0 0 46.0 0 11 17 9 153 17 65 1 0

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Personal life

On June 6, 1994, Banks was involved in an auto accident when his car crossed a median and hit a car driven by Mattie Lee Chaney in a head-on collision that resulted in the death of Chaney. He was charged with second degree vehicular homicide along with giving false information to officers and driving without a license.[2]

In 2020, Banks was shot in an Atlanta area home; while he was in serious condition, he eventually recovered from his injuries.[3]

References

  1. ^ "Chip Banks Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ "Chip Banks Charged in Fatal Crash". Chicago Tribune. June 8, 1994.
  3. ^ "The Life and Career of Chip Banks (Complete Story)". June 9, 2021.