Carl Banks Bio: Family, Wife, Jersey & Net Worth

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Carl Banks is an American former professional football player and a two-time Super Bowl champion who played as a linebacker in the NFL. After he retired from NFL, he was a part-owner of the League’s New Jersey Red Dogs.

Carl E. Banks was born in Flint, Michigan, on August 29, 1962. He started his professional footballing career with the New York Giants.

Likewise, the stellar athlete also played for the Washington Redskins, and the Cleveland Browns, with 39.5 quarterback sacks in his 13 professional years.

Carl Banks, Former NFL Linebacker
Carl Banks, Former NFL Linebacker (Source: nhomkinhhungphat)

Formerly, Banks was like a tiger in the field but has now retired as an athlete. Still, you can see him calling different football games on the radio of the New York Giants.

As of 2024, he is estimated to have a net worth of around $5-$10 million.

Readers, please do not get confused with another Carl Banks, a character in the Line Of Duty series.

Stay with us as we divulge more amazing and unknown information about Carl. But, let’s first look at the quick facts table:

Carl Banks | Quick Facts

Full Name Carl E. Banks
Date of Birth 29 August 1962
Place of Birth Flint, Michigan, US
Religion Christianity
Nationality American
Ethnic Belonging Black
Father’s Name Charles Banks
Mother’s Name Bernice Banks
Number of Siblings Two
Siblings Charles Jr. and Bankston
Education Beecher High School, Michigan State University
Zodiac Sign Virgo
Age 61 years old
Height 6’4″/1.93 m/193 cm
Weight 107 kg/235 lb.
Eye color Brownish
Hair color Dark Brown
Build Athlete
Marital Status Single
Wife Cheryl banks (Apparent)
Children Unknown
Occupation Footballer
Net Worth $5M – $10M
Salary $1.6M in the 1980s
Active Years 1984 – 1995
League National Football League
Current work Analyst (Radio & TV)
Social Handle Twitter 
Merch  Autographed Giants Jersey, Rookie Card
Last Update July, 2024

Carl Banks | Age, Family & Education

Carl Banks is an American footballer born who spent his life in Michigan, America. He was born to Charles and Bernice Banks on August 29, 1962, in Flint, Michigan.

His father was a correction officer for the State of Michigan, and his mother worked as a data technician for the Postal Service.

Likewise, Banks has two brothers named Charles Junior Banks and Bankston Banks.

From early childhood, the former Giants’ linebacker was always interested in games and sports. Due to his sharp divergence in sports, his school coach told him to turn in during practice sessions, and he got selected for the school’s football team.

And thus, Banks started playing football and played city-wide Pop Warner Football League when he was in fourth grade.

After that, he continued playing football in both offensive and defensive positions in high school at Beecher High School, graduating in 1980.

After his high school, he joined Michigan State University and played football for the college team.

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Carl Banks | Body Measurements

Carl Banks’s height growth was only seen after joining high school, a plus point for his athletic life.

He is 6 feet and 4 inches (1.93 meters) tall and weighs 107 kilograms or 203 pounds.

However, Banks’ chest-waist and other body measurements are currently unavailable.

Carl Banks | Early Life & Career

Carl was always interested in sports than in studies from his childhood. Not so prominent in studies, he later found his interest in football. Banks decided to pursue her career as a professional football player while he was in college.

He played football for his college team, Michigan State Spartans. He performed well with the college team. Despite his exceptional performance in college football, he was not known to the pro scouts.

#58 of the New York Giants, Carl Banks
#58 Of The New York Giants, Carl Banks (Source: Sports Illustrated)

However, to Carl’s surprise, he was called for the 1984 draft. He was drafted third overall in the first round of the 1984 draft by the New York Giants.

Likewise, the former athlete was selected for Pro Bowl in 1987 and was declared a member of the NFL’s 1980s All-Decade Team, which resulted in his shining moment.

Apparently, that was the beginning of Banks’s professional life.

Start Of Career

Banks’s gained huge fandom when he played for the Giants that won Super Bowls XXI and XXV. The young athlete made 10 out of 14 tackles of the team by himself in the Super Bowls, which led to a rise in his career as a footballer.

His membership in the Giants lasted for 9 seasons, after which he decided to switch teams. One of the praiseworthy moments was during the game against Washington on October 14, 1990, when he played the game with a dislocated wrist.

During his 9 seasons, he played 173 games, starting in 151 games and 627 tackles (solo + assist).

In 1993, he signed a 3-year contract with Washington Redskins. During his time with the Redskins, he played 15 games and recorded 102 combined tackles and 1 sack.

After a season with the Washington Redskins, he was signed by Cleveland Browns. Banks played for two seasons with the Browns featuring in 32 games. Playing as a linebacker for the Cleveland Browns, he recorded a total of 97 solo tackles and 2.5 sacks.

After playing In the defensive line for different teams, he decided to retire from the sport. He finally announced his retirement from football after the 1995 season.

Similarly, Banks was nearly 34 years old when he decided to hang up his boots. He retired with 39.5 sacks and 860 combined tackles.

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Even after retiring from football, Carl could not keep himself away from football. He joined hands with his ex-teammates, Joe Morris and Harry Carson, to become the co-owner of New Jersey Red Dogs, entering the Arena Football League in 1997.

Likewise, Carl Banks worked with the New York Jets, an American Football Team of the NFL, in 1997 as a director for Player Development.

Carl Banks With Bob Papa
Carl Banks With Bob Papa (Source: The Athletic)

In 2007, Carl Banks was hired as an analyst for the radio broadcast of the New York Giants.

In 2011, Big Blues paid tribute to Carl by inducting him into the Giants Ring of Honor.

Banks was one of the voices of Sirius NFL Radio and WFAN. He is currently looking over his business, G-III Sports by Carl Banks.

Carl Banks Business

Carl Banks is the founder and president of G-III Apparel Group Limited. Under the G-III group, G-III sports and G-III 4H is a clothing company that produces and sells sportswear in the American market.

Carl founded this group in 2018 because of his immense love for the sport.

And his devotion is being accepted by the American people, which is evident by the exquisite performance of his business.

Carl Banks | Personal Life & Rumors 

There is very little information available about his personal life as he has always kept his personal life very private. As per the claims by different online sources, Cheryl Bank is his rumored wife, however, he has never mentioned about her in any of his press encounters. Also, it is believed that he fathered 4 children; two sons and two daughters.

But Banks has never mentioned about his kids, so there is no way to determine the genuineness of the information.

Carl, although, mentioned HE had a relationship in his youth, several years back.

Today, Carl Banks leads a single life, and he seems to be happy living on his own.

Carl Banks | Net Worth

An athlete’s salary or contract-pay information was not public back in the day, but we can predict and calculate a roundabout estimation.

Unrivaled during his time, New York Giants approximately paid him $1.6 million for four years. 

You may find various sites proclaiming that until 2024, Carl’s is estimated to have a net worth OF around $5-$10 million.

His net worth is quite normal regarding his successful football career and now working as an analyst and owning his own business.

Readers may argue that after stating the facts and position of Carl, the worth should have been more than $5-$10 million.

Yes, he might have earned more than $10 million throughout his career, but we cannot neglect the fact that people of Banks’ standard need to maintain their status and hence increase their bills.

Thus, $5-$10 million is an average net worth considering a standard expenditure of an ordinary American citizen.

Carl Banks | Social Media Presence 

If you are a die-hard admirer and follower of this former Giants’ linebacker, then you can be surprised to look at the social life of Carl Banks. Born in the ‘60s and growing up in the ‘70s and ‘80s, we can not assume a person to be so progressive in social media.

Carl does not have accounts on all social platforms. However, he has an account on Twitter and is very much active on it.

Carl seems to reply actively and interact with his fans and followers through his Twitter accounts. In addition, sometimes, you can find him arguing and debating different footballers and political leaders through tweets.

He uses this media source to explore and expand his clothing company.

Carl Banks | Popularity 

Carl is a popular personality as he is a former NFL player who played the sport for 12-long-years.

bank's popularity
Banks’ Popularity (Source: Google Trends)

The above graph illustrates the fluctuating popularity of Carl Banks based on a google search in the United States over a year.

Additional Facts About Carl Banks

Awards & Achievements

The Giants legend really had a spectacular football career. As a result, Carl has been honored with different elegant awards and titles from various foundations and leagues for his contribution and excellence in American football.

Some of them are listed below:

  • Michigan State University accredited Carl Banks as MSU Male Athlete of the Year in 1984.
  • Acknowledging his hard work and success in his games, Banks was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 and enlisted in the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.
  • Furthermore, he was named All-Big Ten selection and was one of the greatest defenders in school and congress history.
  • The Linebacker’s games were outstanding; Carl was named one of 25 semifinalists of modern-era players for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 2020 Class. 

Carl Banks | FAQs

Where is Carl Banks now?

For 12 years, Banks played in different national-level leagues as a linebacker. In addition, he owned and directed a few rugby teams and remained a guardian of those team players.

The footballer is now a successful businessman owning a clothing line companies, G-III Sports and G-III 4Her.

Is Carl Banks an alcoholic?

Absolutely not. Banks is not a drinker and also not a smoker. He is very humble and inspires others to quit smoking and drinking too.

Besides, the charismatic person is never publicly seen drinking or smoking to be blameworthy of being called an alcoholic.

When was Carl Banks drafted?

He was drafted by New York Giants (Round:1, Pick: 3rd) in 1984, where he played for nine seasons and won two super bowls.

Then, he was signed by Washington Redskins in 1993. He played for the Redskins for a single season before signing with Cleveland Browns. He played two seasons with the Browns before retiring from the sport.

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Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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