If we hadn’t seen it unfold in the fall of 2002, the Brad Banks rags-to-riches story would seem too good to be true.
It reads more like fiction than fact how Banks rose from obscurity to become an Iowa football legend in a little over three months.
There probably won’t be another story like his because the odds are certainly against having another Iowa quarterback go from being the backup in one season to the Heisman Trophy runner-up in the next season.
That’s what Banks did during his two seasons at Iowa in 2001 and 2002. His rise to stardom, coupled with Iowa’s unprecedented success in 2002, helped spawn a legend that continues to grow to this day.
The 33-year old Banks learned last week that he will be inducted into the University of Iowa Athletics Varsity Club Hall of Fame.