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|Date of birth:||February 17, 1974|
|Place of birth:||Moline, Illinois|
|NFL draft:||1998 / Round: 4 / Pick: 101|
Career NFL statistics
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College and high school careers
Tavian Banks was a high school standout in both football and soccer at Bettendorf High School Bulldogs in Bettendorf, Iowa, breaking many school records. Banks chose to play for the in-state Iowa Hawkeyes over offers from national powers Miami and Washington. After being a backup to standout Sedrick Shaw for most of his first three years, Banks became the full-time starter his senior season . During his senior campaign of 1997, Banks rushed for a school record 1,691 yards and 17 touchdowns, an Iowa single season record that would stand until broken by Shonn Greene in 2008. In the 2nd game of the 1997 season, Banks rushed for 314 yards  and scored four times in Iowa's victory over Tulsa, one of the most memorable performances in Hawkeye football history. Banks was a Big Ten player of the year and was named a first-team All-American in that year. Banks also holds the school record for touchdowns scored in a career with 33. Iowa finished 1997 with a record of 7-5 after losing to Arizona State 7-17 in the 1997 Sun Bowl, in what would be legendary coach Hayden Fry's last bowl appearance. Fry would later retire after the 1998 season.
Banks was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 4th round of the 1998 NFL Draft, the same draft in which Jaguars great Fred Taylor was drafted in the first round. After a promising start to the 1999 season, Banks suffered a major knee injury during a game against the Atlanta Falcons. Banks tore the ACL, PCL, and LCL in his left knee and missed over two years due to surgery and rehab. Banks attempted a comeback with the New Orleans Saints in 2002 but was never the same player he once was due to his horrific knee injury. He was actually named to the practice squad in 2003. Banks was placed on waivers by the Saints in 2004 at the conclusion of the NFL Season.
Banks served as assistant running backs coach for the Louisville Cardinals in 2006, but decided to leave the team when head coach Bobby Petrino left for the Atlanta Falcons. Currently, Banks is the C.E.O. of Carpe Diem Sports Enhancement in Yorkville, Illinois. He is currently a running backs coach at Naperville Central Highschool.
In 2008 Tavian Banks was inducted into Iowa High School Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2009 he was elected to Quad-City Sports Hall of Fame.