Chris Banjo

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Chris Banjo
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Banjo with the Packers in 2015
No. 37 New Orleans Saints
Position: Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-02-26) February 26, 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school: Sugar Land (TX) Kempner
College: SMU
Undrafted: 2012
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2016
Total tackles: 43
Sacks: 0.0
Pass deflections: 3
Interceptions: 0
Forced fumbles: 0
Player stats at NFL.com

Ayokunmi Christopher Oluwaseun Banjo (born February 26, 1990) is an American football safety for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at SMU. Banjo was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He has also played for the Green Bay Packers.

College career[edit]

Banjo during his tenure at SMU

Banjo attended Southern Methodist University, where he played on the SMU Mustangs football team from 2008 to 2011.[1]



Statistics[edit]

Source: SMUMustangs.com

Year Team G GS Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Total Solo Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR
2008 SMU 12 8 61 40 21 0.0 0 0 1 33 33.0 33 0 0 0
2009 SMU 13 13 86 45 41 0.0 0 5 1 16 16.0 16 0 3 1
2010 SMU 14 14 92 60 32 0.0 0 8 2 25 12.5 25 0 0 0
2011 SMU 12 12 82 50 32 0.0 0 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 2
Total 51 47 321 195 126 0.0 0 15 4 74 18.5 33 0 3 3

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 10 in 206 lb 4.50 s 1.57 s 2.58 s 4.27 s 7.19 s 39.5 in 10 ft 4 in 23 reps
All values are from Pro Day[2]

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft, Banjo signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars on April 18, 2013.[3] On July 25, 2013, he was released by the Jaguars.[4]

Green Bay Packers[edit]

On July 29, 2013, Banjo was signed by the Green Bay Packers.[5]

He was re-signed by the Packers on February 26, 2014.[6] On August 30, 2014, Banjo was released by the Packers during final team cuts.[7] He was signed to the Packers' practice squad the following day.[8] On December 13, 2014, Banjo was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster.[9]

He was re-signed by the Packers on March 10, 2015. Banjo was elected by teammates as a playoff captain after leading the team in special teams tackles in the 2015 season.[10]

On March 8, 2016, Banjo was re-signed by the Packers.[11] He was placed on injured reserve on October 24, 2016.[12] On October 31, 2016, Banjo was waived by the Packers after reaching an injury settlement.[13]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

On November 15, 2016, Banjo was signed by the Saints.[14]

Statistics[edit]

Source: NFL.com

Year Team G GS Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Total Solo Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR
Regular season
2013 GB 16 1 19 17 2 0.0 0 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2014 GB 3 0 1 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2015 GB 16 1 16 15 1 0.0 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2016 GB 2 0 2 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Total 37 2 38 35 3 0.0 0 3 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Postseason
2013 GB 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2014 GB 2 0 2 1 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2015 GB 2 0 2 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Total 5 0 4 3 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0

Personal life[edit]

Banjo was born to Nigerian parents who migrated to Houston. His mother died in 2010.[15]

His name, "Oluwaseun", means "We thank God" in Yoruba.[16][17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SMU Mustangs: Chris Banjo". SMUMustangs.com. Retrieved October 27, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Chris Banjo - Southern Methodist, FS : 2012 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved October 25, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Jaguars sign DE Pannel Egboh and safety Chris Banjo". Jaguars.com. April 18, 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2016. 
  4. ^ Oehser, John (July 25, 2013). "Jaguars sign kicker, wide receiver". Jaguars.com. Retrieved October 25, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Packers announce roster moves". Packers.com. July 29, 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Packers sign RB Michael Hill, re-sign S Chris Banjo". Packers.com. February 26, 2014. Retrieved October 25, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Packers release 18, place four on IR". Packers.com. August 30, 2014. Retrieved October 25, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Packers announce practice squad". Packers.com. August 31, 2014. Retrieved October 25, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Packers sign Banjo to active roster, place Lattimore on IR". Packers.com. December 13, 2014. Retrieved October 25, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Packers elect playoff captains". Packers.com. January 6, 2016. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 
  11. ^ Demovsky, Rob (March 8, 2016). "Packers to retain special-teams ace Chris Banjo on exclusive-rights deal". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 25, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Packers promote WR Allison, S Whitehead to active roster". Packers.com. October 24, 2016. Retrieved October 25, 2016. 
  13. ^ Silverstein, Tom (October 31, 2016). "Packers release safety Chris Banjo". PackersNews.com. Retrieved November 1, 2016. 
  14. ^ Katzenstein, Josh (November 15, 2016). "Saints place linebacker Michael Mauti on non-football injury list". NOLA.com. 
  15. ^ Dunne, Tyler (August 27, 2013). "Chris Banjo's promise to his mother before her death drives on-field effort". JSOnline.com. Retrieved October 27, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Oluwaseun - Nigerian names & meanings". OnlineNigeria.com. Retrieved October 27, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Behind the Name: Meaning, origin and history of the name Oluwaseun". BehindTheName.com. Retrieved October 27, 2016. 

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