Warren Bankston

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Warren Bankston
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Bankston (right) in 2011
No. 46
Position: Running back, tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1947-07-22) July 22, 1947 (age 69)
Place of birth: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school: Hammond (LA)
College: Tulane
NFL Draft: 1969 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Player stats at PFR

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

Bankston played at fullback for the Steelers for four seasons: 1969–1972.[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] He was very popular with the fans due to his practice of throwing the football into the stands when he scored.

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.