Bill Banker – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
Bill Banker was a legendary football player for Tulane University during the glory years of the Green Wave program. A 1929 All-American, he held the Tulane school record for career scoring (263 points), career touchdowns (37), career rushing yards (2,516), touchdowns in a single game (4), most rushes in a career (515), most rushes in a game (43) and average yards rushing in a game (93.2). He remains the all-time leading scorer in Tulane football history and is second in career rushing.
He was known as the “Blond Blizzard” because of the thick mane of light hair that was so visible to spectators as he raced helmetless through opposing defenses.
The first in a long line of Tulane greats from Lake Charles, La., he helped Tulane to an undefeated 9-0 season in 1929 as the Green Wave outscored its opposition, 297-45.
After his final game in 1929, Banker went to Hollywood, signed a five-year contract with Warner Brothers, appeared in a series of films and finally talked the studio into releasing him from his agreement in order to return to Tulane to continue his studies. To pay for his education he played professionally with the Memphis Tigers.
He graduated with a degree in business administration and went into the oil business, beconing president of both the Pinnacle Oil company and Southern Solvents Chemical Company before his retirement.
Banker was inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1977 and also is a member of the Halls of Fame for Tulane and Louisiana Sports. Born April 4, 1907, he died Sept. 25, 1985 at the age of 78.