WASHINGTON — The potential was always there for Brandon Banks to be one of the most electric players in the National Football League. Instead, he has become the most exciting north of the U.S. border.
After three seasons with the Washington Redskins, Banks followed his passion for playing to the Canadian Football League. For all of its similarities, the CFL has one major difference: the field is 52 percent larger (6,400 vs. 9,750 square yards). This is the key to Banks’ success.
With his shiftiness, blinding speed and willingness to run laterally in search of the big crease, Banks is thriving with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Last year, he won the CFL’s award for Most Outstanding Special Teams Player, and is already off to a red-hot title defense.
This week, standing at the back of one of the 20-yard end zones, defending against a 36-yard field goal attempt, Banks got a chance to return the ball 126 yards for the touchdown:
Credit Pro Hockey Talk’s Cam Tucker for keeping his cool in the aftermath of the play. Nobody likes a homer in the pressbox:
With enticing ability, it’s hard to imagine that Banks will never get another opportunity to play in the NFL. Then again, considering his offensive and special teams production in the CFL, why would he want to come back to being a part-time specialist?