End of an era: Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Brandon ‘Speedy’ Banks agree to mutually part ways

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Published January 27, 2022 at 2:26 pm

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and legendary receiver-returner Brandon Banks have agreed to mutually part ways. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and legendary receiver-returner Brandon Banks have agreed to mutually part ways.

Both sides made the announcement Thursday (Jan. 27) after Banks had suited up for 111 games over eight seasons with the Ticats.


The 34-year-old is almost assuredly headed to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

Banks ranks in the top 10 among all-time Ticats franchise leaders in numerous categories, including first in kickoff return yards (3,773), punt return yards (3,049), missed field goal return yards (779) and missed field goal return touchdowns (5), second in touchdowns (62), combined yards (13,686) and punt return touchdowns (7), fourth in receiving touchdowns (44), fifth in receptions (422) and eighth in receiving yards (5,678).

“It has been extremely difficult to write this,” said Orlondo Steinauer, Tiger-Cats head coach and president of football operations. “I’ve been a part of the CFL for over 20 years, and when I think of dynamic and impactful players, Brandon Banks is at the top of the list. Brandon has been both a Ticats fan favourite and a CFL fan favourite, who constantly leaves you in disbelief of what he is able to do on a football field.”

“There is no easy or comforting way to say that we have mutually parted ways,” he said. “Speedy has embraced Hamilton and has brought so much joy to the city since 2013. I have so much respect for Brandon as a person and have admired his competitive nature and his desire to win since my days as the defensive coordinator in Hamilton. Brandon, you are a future Hall of Famer who has been an invaluable member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats organization. It’s hard to express in words the sincere appreciation and positive impact you have made on this organization and on this city. Thank you, Brandon “Speedy B” Banks.”

Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Brandon 'Speedy' Banks agree to mutually part ways

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Banks, a five-foot-seven, 150-pound native of Garner, North Carolina was named the Canadian Football League’s Most Outstanding Player in 2019 and is a four-time CFL all-star (2014, 15, 18, 19), a six-time divisional all-star (2014-19) and was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Special Teams Player in 2015.

Brandon Banks shared the following message:

I don’t even know where to start. In 2013 I was driving to a new country, to a new city called Hamilton and couldn’t help but ask myself ‘why?’. Eight years later, I know why.

Thank you to one of the best organizations I’ve been a part of for making me into the man I am today. Thank you for the opportunities, thank you for believing in me and thank you for fighting for me, even when I was wrong. I want to personally thank Mr. Caretaker Bob Young, Mr. Scott Mitchell, Shawn Burke, Coach O, Coach Jones, Coach Austin and all the coaches who were with me for this journey.

Thank you to the medical staff, the strength and conditioning coaches and the equipment staff who always had my swag right. Thank you to the media relations staff, the stadium operations staff, the business operations staff and thank you to Ms. Tina and her staff.

Thank you to ALL my teammates who I’ve had the honour of sharing the Ticats helmet with. Every year that locker room was full of life!

Tiger-Town… Wow, thank you so much for welcoming me and my family to your city and for allowing me to make Hamilton a second home. Thank you for the great times in the community and for always making game day so special for me and my family. I always played my hardest for you, trying to bring home that Grey Cup you all deserve. I will always bleed black and gold.

Thank you Tiger-Town.

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