Banks playing for the Troy Trojans
|Date of birth:||November 4, 1981|
|Place of birth:||Meridian, Mississippi|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||193 lb (88 kg)|
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Gary Rashad Banks (born November 4, 1981) is a former American football wide receiver who played for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. He was signed by the Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at Troy.
Banks attended Southern Choctaw High School, leading the Indians to back-to-back state titles in 1998 and 1999 while playing quarterback.
After high school he was selected in the fifth round of the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago Cubs and played right field for three years as part of the Cubs' minor league system. Banks never played beyond class A, playing two years for the rookie league Arizona League Cubs and two years for the class A Boise Hawks.
After baseball, Banks went back to school and played college football at Troy University, switching positions from quarterback to wide receiver. While playing for the Trojans, Gary was used periodically in trick play situations and accumulated a career passing record with 8-of-9 passes completed for 110 yards and two touchdowns.
Banks was not invited to the NFL Combine. However, at Troy's Pro Day, Banks recorded an official 4.51 40-yard dash and 35½ inch vertical.
San Diego Chargers
Banks went undrafted in the 2008 NFL Draft, but was signed by the San Diego Chargers shortly after. After numerous injuries to the Chargers wide receiver corps, Banks was signed to the active roster on October 30, 2010. In his first NFL debut, he made his first catch for 2 yards against the Tennessee Titans. Banks was released by the Chargers on November 15, 2010.
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- "Chargers sign safety Patrick Watkins and cut Gary Banks". twitter.com @sdutChargers. Retrieved 2011-06-26.