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Tony Banks
Jersey #(s)
3, 12
Born April 5, 1973 (1973-04-05) (age 36)
San Diego, California
Career information
Year(s) 19962005
NFL Draft 1996 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42
College Michigan State
San Diego Mesa College
Professional teams
Career stats
TD-INT 77-73
Yards 15,315
QB Rating 72.4
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

Anthony "Tony" Lamar Banks (born April 5, 1973 in San Diego, California) is a former professional American football quarterback.


High school years

Banks attended Hoover High School in San Diego, California, and was a letterman in football, basketball, and baseball.

Post high school and college years

Banks played right field for the Minnesota Twins' Class A team in Ft. Myers, Florida, before enrolling at San Diego Mesa College in San Diego. He played there two years before transferring to Michigan State University.

Professional career

Banks was drafted in the second round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams and soon found himself the starter. Three years of inconsistent play led to his trade to the Baltimore Ravens. In Baltimore he would again prove talented but inconsistent which would lead to his benching in favor of Trent Dilfer during the Ravens 2000 Super Bowl Championship year. He was released in the off-season. Leading into the 2001 season, Banks was signed by the Dallas Cowboys to replace the recently released and later retired Troy Aikman; however, on August 15, 2001, Banks was abruptly released by the Cowboys who chose instead to go with rookie Quincy Carter. Later that year, he signed with the Washington Redskins during Marty Schottenheimer's one year tenure as head coach. While he was with the Redskins, he became the first quarterback to go from an 0-5 record to a 5-5 record. Starting in 2002, Banks was the second-string quarterback for the Houston Texans behind David Carr.

On February 28, 2006, Banks was released by the Houston Texans.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Chris Miller
St. Louis Rams Starting Quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Kurt Warner
Preceded by
Jim Harbaugh
Baltimore Ravens Starting Quarterbacks
2000 (with Trent Dilfer)
Succeeded by
Elvis Grbac
Preceded by
Brad Johnson
Washington Redskins Starting Quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Shane Matthews


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