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Vince Banonis


Vincent Joseph Banonis

Inducted 1986

Date of Birth



Detroit, MI


University of Detroit Mercy (1939-1941)


An outstanding lineman who won All-City recognition at Detroit's Catholic Central High School, Vince Banonis started playing football centering a helmet because his high school had only two footballs. Staying in his hometown he went to the University of Detroit where he was named a 1941 All-America. During his three years in college his teams went 19-7-1. In a game against Villanova he made seven consecutive tackles. His greatest play of all was against Oklahoma State. Banonis centered the ball, ran down-field, took a lateral pass from a teammate, then threw a lateral pass himself, and blocked out two men so another teammate could score a touchdown. After his collegiate career ended in 1941 he was drafted by the Chicago Cardinals. In 1943, Banonis won all-service All-American honors at Iowa Pre-Flight before spending two years in the Navy. A versatile athlete, during his college days he was the school's handball champion as well as the right fielder for the Titan baseball team. In a ten-season professional career, Banonis played on three world championship teams, first with the 1947 Chicago Cardinals and later with the 1952 and 1953 Detroit Lions.


Height 6'1

Weight 208

Career Highlights

  • 1941 First Team All-America
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