Chris Banjo

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Chris Banjo
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Banjo in the 2015 NFL season.
No. 32 Green Bay Packers
Position: Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-02-26) February 26, 1990 (age 25)
Place of birth: Sugar Land, 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 NFL statistics as of Week 15, 2015
Total tackles: 34
Interceptions: 0
Pass deflections: 3
Forced fumbles: 0
Player stats at

Ayokunmi Christopher Oluwaseun "Chris" Banjo (born February 26, 1990) is an American football safety for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at SMU. He was signed as undrafted free agent by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012.

College career[edit]

Banjo during his tenure at SMU.

Chris Banjo attended Southern Methodist University in Texas. Banjo came into college ranked as the nation's no. 95 safety by, and was a two-star and prospect.

In his four years at SMU he recorded 174 total tackles, 4 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Banjo originally had tryouts with the Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012, but neither team offered him a contract.

He was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as a free agent in April 2013, after a tryout during voluntary workouts. He was released by the Jaguars on July 25, 2013.[2]

Green Bay Packers[edit]

Banjo playing against the Steelers in his rookie season.

On July 29, 2013, Banjo was signed by the Green Bay Packers.[3] In his first NFL regular season, Chris recorded 19 tackles and 2 pass deflections, and helped the Packers secure the NFC North title.[4]

Banjo re-signed with the Packers on February 26, 2014.[5]

Banjo was cut by the Packers on August 30, 2014. He was signed to the practice squad shortly after. Prior to the Packers' Week 15 game of that same season against the Buffalo Bills, Chris Banjo was promoted to the active roster, replacing linebacker Jamari Lattimore who was placed on injured reserve due to a sprained ankle.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Chris was born to Nigerian parents who migrated to Houston. His mother died in 2010.[7] His name "Oluwaseun" means "We thank God" in Yoruba.[8][9]

Career statistics[edit]


Season Team Games Tackles
GP GS Total Solo Ast Sck Int
2013 Green Bay Packers 16 1 19 17 2 0 0
2014 Green Bay Packers 3 0 1 1 0 0 0
Total 19 2 20 18 2 0.0 0


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  2. ^ Oehser, John (July 25, 2013). "Jaguars sign kicker, wide receiver". Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Packers announce roster moves". July 29, 2013. Retrieved July 30, 2013. 
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  5. ^ Wilkening, Mike (February 26, 2014). "Packers re-sign S Chris Banjo, add RB Michael Hill". Retrieved 2014-06-03. 
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  7. ^ Tyler Dunbe (August 27, 2013). "Banjo driven by promise to his mother before her death". Journal Sentinel. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Oluwaseun". Online Nigeria. Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Oluwaseun". Behind the name. Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  10. ^ Statistics

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