Former NFL All-Pro LB Chip Banks in Serious Condition After Shooting in Atlanta

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 13, 2020

San Diego Chargers receiver Charlie Joiner (18) is dragged down by Cleveland Browns defender Clarence Scott after a catch in the first quarter of the game in Cleveland Stadium, Dec. 5, 1982. Coming up from behind is Browns' linebacker Chip Banks (56).  (AP Photo/Bruce Zake)
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Former NFL player Chip Banks is reportedly in serious condition after he was shot in Atlanta on Wednesday, according to TMZ Sports

The Atlanta Police Department said the shooting was part of a targeted attack, with a group of men in masks shooting three men, including the 60-year-old Banks, at a residence.

One man was pronounced dead at the scene while Banks and the other man were taken to the hospital. The two were "alert, conscious and breathing" when they were transported to the hospital.

The police investigation is ongoing.

Banks was in the NFL from 1982-92, spending time with the Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts and San Diego Chargers.

The linebacker was the No. 3 pick in the 1982 draft out of USC, winning the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after totaling 5.5 sacks in the shortened season. He earned four Pro Bowls in his five years with Cleveland and was named first-team All-Pro in 1983.