(ISN) _ Dover, Del. — Delaware State University sends condolences to the family of former Hornet football standout and 1998 graduate Lamar Banks, who died at age 39 in his hometown of Harrisburg, Pa., today.
Banks, an offensive lineman, was a member of the Hornets from 1994 to ’96. He started all 11 games in 1995 but missed the ’96 season due to injury.
Banks was named to the 1995-96 MEAC Academic Honor Roll and DSU President’s All-Academic Team.
He was signed as a free agent by the NFL’s Oakland Raiders in 1997.
Banks played many years with the semi-pro Central Penn Piranha, earning North American Football League All-Star honors in 2005; and competed for the Harrisburg Stampede indoor team in 2009.
He was a standout at Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg prior to enrolling at Delaware State.
Banks was an assistant football coach at Bishop McDevitt as the time of his death. He was also the owner of Altimate Physique, specializing in strength and conditioning, according to his LinkedIn page.
“Lamar’s family and three children – Taylor, Jordan & Kortez – are in our deepest thoughts and prayers during this challenging time at Bishop McDevitt,” said school athletic director Tommy Mealy.
This story contains information from WHP-TV (CBS 21) in Harrisburg, Pa.