Gordon Banks (American football)
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|Date of birth:||March 12, 1958|
|Place of birth:||Los Angeles, California|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||175 lb (79 kg)|
|High school:||Los Angeles (CA) Loyola|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Gordon Gerard Banks (born March 12, 1958 in Los Angeles, California) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League. He played for the New Orleans Saints from 1980–1981, the Dallas Cowboys from 1985–1988, and for the Oakland Invaders of the short-lived United States Football League (USFL). He played college football at Stanford University.
Banks attended Loyola High School in the Pico-Union neighborhood, where he was a letterman in football and track. He would later accept a scholarship to Stanford University, where he practiced football and track. He became a standout in track.
New Orleans Saints
San Diego Charges
Oakland Invaders (USFL)
In 1983, he signed as a free agent with the Oakland Invaders of the United States Football League, where he was a teammate of Anthony Carter. In his first year he registered 61 receptions for 855 yards and 2 touchdowns. In 1984, he tallied 64 receptions (first on the team) for 937 yards (first on the team) and 5 touchdowns.
In 1985, the Invaders were merged with the Michigan Panthers and he became a teammate of Anthony Carter and Bobby Hebert. He recorded 62 receptions (second on the team) for 1,115 receiving yards (second on the team) and 5 touchdowns. Banks finished as one of the career receiving leaders in USFL history, recording 187 receptions for 2,907 yards.
After playing in only 2 games in his first year, he played in all 16 games in 1986, registering 17 receptions for 202 yards and 27 punt returns for 160 yards. The next season, he had 15 receptions in the first 5 games, but suffered an injury that ended his season and eventually his professional career. He was waived on August 28, 1988.
Banks is currently the Senior Pastor for Overcomer Covenant Church in Federal Way, Washington.
- Remember the USFL - 1983-85 Complete Rosters