The 2019 Golden Horseshoe Athlete of the Year is Brandon Banks, who won the Canadian Football League’s highest individual honour in 2019 when he was named the Most Outstanding Player. He became the first Hamilton Tiger-Cats player to do so since Danny McManus in 1999.The award was presented Thursday February 27 at Carmens.
Banks, who played his college ball at Kansas State signed originally with the NFL’s Washington Redskins.
Nicknamed ‘Speedy B,’ Banks played in 16 of Hamilton’s 18 games in 2019 and led the CFL in all major receiving categories, including receptions (112), yards (1,550) and touchdowns (13). And his 112 catches also set a Ti-Cats single-season franchise record.
The 5’7″, 150 pound native of Garner North Carolina, scored one rushing touchdown and returned two missed field goals for TD’s and his 16 total touchdowns in 2019 were just one shy of Chris Williams’ franchise record of 17 set in 2012.
Banks now holds the CFL record with 5 career missed field goal return touchdowns, and became Hamilton’s all-time punt return yardage leader (with 2,954). He moved into second place in franchise history behind Earl Winfield in both total touchdowns (with 60) and combined yards (of 12,959). Winfield had 87 career touchdowns and 14,798 combined yards as a Tiger-Cat.
Banks also earned his fourth CFL All-Star selection and was named a divisional all-star for the sixth consecutive season.
Banks became the fifth Tiger-Cat to take home Most Outstanding Player honours, joining Danny McManus (in 1999), Jimmy Edwards (in 1977), Garney Henley (in 1972) and Bernie Faloney (in 1961).
The other finalists for the 2019 Golden Horseshoe Athlete of the Year were pro basketball stars Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Kia Nurse.
Source: Al Craig