Carl E. Banks ( born August 29, 1962 in Flint, Michigan ) is a former American football player. He played from 1984 to 1995 in the National Football League ( NFL ) on the position of linebackers for the New York Giants, the Washington Redskins and the Cleveland Browns.
Banks spent his college from 1980 to 1983 at the Michigan State University. He was voted one of the best players in the Big Ten Conference three times and in his final year to the All- American.
In 1984 he was selected as the third player in the first round of the NFL Draft by the New York Giants. Since the team, among other things with the Hall -of- Fame players Lawrence Taylor and Harry Carson already had very good linebacker, it took until 1986 to then- head coach Bill Parcells, Banks appointed permanently in the starting lineup. With the Giants Banks twice won the Super Bowl. He scored in this time 627 tackles and 36 Sacks. In the season of 1987 he was appointed to the Pro Bowl.
In 1993 he moved to the Washington Redskins. Following this he played from 1994 to 1995 for the Cleveland Browns, where he also finished his career.
Total Banks scored in his career 826 tackles, 39.5 Sacks and 3 interceptions, one of which he was a carry back for a touchdown. For his achievements, he was elected 1980s All- Decade Team in the NFL.
After the professional career
Along with Harry Carson and other former NFL players he owned shares in the New Jersey Red Dogs, an Arena Football League team. In 1997, he worked under Bill Parcells as head of player development for the New York Jets. He currently works as an NFL analyst for a radio station.