Bill BankerFootball, 1927-29
Tulane University

Inducted: 1971

  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Remains the all-time leading scorer in Tulane football history and is second in career rushing.
  • Helped Tulane to an undefeated 9-0 season in 1929 as the Green Wave outscored its opposition, 297-45.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Graduated with a degree in business administration and went into the oil business.
  • Became president of both the Pinnacle Oil company and Southern Solvents Chemical Company before his retirement.
  • Born April 4, 1907 and died Sept. 25, 1985 at the age of 78.
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