The NFL community lost one of its most memorable figures last year when writer and reporter Don Banks passed away at the age of 56 in August. On Super Bowl Sunday in Miami, the NFL honored his memory with a press box tribute.
As shared by Peter King of NBC Sports, the league not only reserved the seat for Banks but also included a commemorative football with his likeness, name and a personal message.
That’s a touching tribute to a man whose life revolved around the game of football and the NFL.
Banks spent three decades covering the league. He was a beat writer for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings before becoming one of the most recognizable sports writers in the nation as an NFL columnist for Sports Illustrated. From there, he wrote for the Patriots’ website, NFL.com and The Athletic.
Most recently, Banks was hired to work for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and had published his first column for the paper just hours before his death.
May he rest in peace.