Longtime NFL Reporter, Former SI Writer Don Banks Dies at 56

Charlotte Carroll

Longtime NFL reporter and former Sports Illustrated writer Don Banks died Sunday. He was 56. 

Banks passed away in his sleep after attending the Hall of Fame ceremonies in Canton, Ohio. 

Banks was recently hired by the Las Vegas Review-Journal to cover the NFL. 

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Banks had previously worked for Sports Illustrated's NFL team for over 16 years. He was known for his "Snap Judgments" column, which was a comprehensive roundup of every Sunday’s NFL action. He wrote his last Snap Judgments for SI in 2016. 

"Don was a brilliant reporter who never succumbed to cynicism or short cuts," SI's editor in chief Chris Stone said in a statement. "He was a journalist’s journalist, fierce in his pursuit of the story, but respectful of those he covered and those against whom he competed. He was generous with his knowledge, contacts and time to colleagues and competitors alike. There aren’t many like Brasco. Our heartfelt thoughts go to Alissa and his two sons, Matt and Micah."

Banks's first piece for the Review-Journal was published Sunday. He wrote about what the Browns learned on the HBO series, "Hard Knocks."

Banks is survived by his wife, Alissa, and two sons.

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