|Tight end / Long snapper|
|Date of birth:December 14, 1970|
|Place of birth: Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
|College: Southern California|
|NFL Draft: 1994 / Round: 4 / Pick: 106|
|Debuted in 1994 for the Indianapolis Colts|
|Last played in 2004 for the Buffalo Bills|
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Dennis Bradford Banta (born December 14, 1970 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is a former American football tight end and long snapper in the National Football League, and currently the assistant special teams coach for the Washington Redskins.
Banta was a two-year starter at tight end for USC Trojans (1989-93), as well as a four-time letter-winner. He earned Honorable Mention All-Pac 10 Conference honors as a junior and senior and received his bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in sociology in 1993.
Banta was drafted in the 4th round of the 1994 NFL Draft, 106 overall, by the Indianapolis Colts. He then went on and played from 1994 to 2004 for the Indianapolis Colts, the New York Jets, the Detroit Lions, and the Buffalo Bills. He is noted for committing two unnecessary roughness penalties on a Monday Night Football matchup against the Miami Dolphins in 2000.
Banta served as a long snapper for a majority of his career, and played exclusively on special teams with the Lions. He had previously played tight end in offensive situations for the Colts.
After his playing days, Banta worked with as a supervisor for George Wright Construction for a year and in Chase’s Home Financial Division for nearly two years in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Banta coached the tight ends during the Chattanooga Mocs' 2007 season.
On February 4, 2014, it was announced that Banta would join the team as the Washington Redskins assistant special teams coach, serving under Ben Kotwica.
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