Warren Bankston

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Warren Bankston
Date of birth: (1947-07-22) July 22, 1947 (age 67)
Place of birth: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Career information
Position(s): TE, RB
College: Tulane
NFL Draft: 1969 / Round: 2 / Pick 42
Organizations
As player:
1969–1972
1973–1978
Pittsburgh Steelers
Oakland Raiders
Career stats
Playing stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Warren Stephen Bankston (born July 22, 1947, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is a former professional American football player who played ten seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders.

Warren Bankston (right) with boyhood friend Dr Richard David Ramsey at the 2011 reunion of the Hammond Little League

Bankston played at fullback for the Steelers for four seasons, 1969-72.[1] When the Steelers tried him at tight end in an exhibition game during the 1973 preseason, the Raiders, who needed a tight end, spotted him. They traded for him, and he went to the Raiders at the preseason's end.

During the 1976 season, from which the Raiders went on to Super Bowl XI, Bankston, as team captain, called the coin flip correctly for every game but one. He called it correctly again at the Super Bowl itself, which the Raiders won.[2]

In college, Bankston played for the Tulane University Green Wave. He was quarterback for the Hammond High School (Louisiana) Tornadoes and finished in the Class of 1965. At Hammond High he was elected to the National Honor Society and the Kiwanis-related Key Club, besides lettering in football, basketball, and track during all four years.[3]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Where are they now? Warren Bankston at the Wayback Machine (archived May 4, 2009) Retrieved September 14, 2009.
  2. ^ Where are they now? Warren Bankston at the Wayback Machine (archived May 4, 2009) Retrieved September 14, 2009.
  3. ^ Hammond High Journalism Class (1965). Tornado Trail [yearbook]. Hammond, Louisiana: Hammond High School. p. 17.