Bradford Banta

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Bradford Banta
Washington Redskins
Tight end / Long snapper
Personal information
Date of birth: (1970-12-14) December 14, 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Career information
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 history
 As player:
 As coach:
Career NFL statistics
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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.

College career[edit]

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.

Professional career[edit]

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.

Coaching career[edit]

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga[edit]

Banta coached the tight ends during the Chattanooga Mocs' 2007 season.

Detroit Lions[edit]

Banta was the assistant special teams coach for the Detroit Lions from 2008 to 2011, and then the assistant linebackers coach for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

Washington Redskins[edit]

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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