Carl Banks is a former NFL Linebacker. He attended Michigan State to play football.
He played from 1984 to 1995 for the New York Giants, the Washington Redskins and the Cleveland Browns. He was third overall pick in the 1984 NFL Draft. He was a member of the Giants teams that won Super Bowls XXI and XXV as well as a key part of the "Big Blue Wrecking Crew." Banks was a standout in their Super Bowl XXI victory in which he recorded 14 total tackles, including 10 solo tackles. In 1993, Banks entered a three-year contract to play for the Washington Redskins. He spent his final two years with the Cleveland Browns before retiring after the 1995 season.
After retiring from the NFL, Banks became a part-owner of the Arena Football League's New Jersey Red Dogs.