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April 14, 1997

Red Raiders to Square Off in World League

Banks, Hall Meet on Opposite Sides of the Ball in Germany

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Frankfurt, Germany is a long way from Lubbock, Texas, but it will seem like old times Saturday when two long-time teammates take the field in World League football action.

Former Red Raiders Robert Hall and Shawn Banks will be on opposite sides of the field when the Frankfurt Galaxy hosts Amsterdam Saturday in the second week of World League play. The game will be televised at 1 p.m. (ET) on national cable network FX.

Banks and Hall are two of 20 former Big 12 Conference players that were included on World League opening day rosters this season. The duo have played together since childhood and both decided to sign with Texas Tech out of Dallas Carter High School in 1990.

Hall quarterbacked Texas Tech from 1990-93 after walking-on from Carter H.S. He led the Red Raiders in passing four straight years and is the school's all-time passing leader with 7,908 career yards and 48 TDs. He threw for a school-record 2,894 yards in 1993 and led the Red Raiders to the John Hancock Bowl in El Paso.

Banks was one of the most unrecognized defensive players in the nation on a defense that featured two National Football League draft picks and NFL Rookie of the Year runner-up Zach Thomas. Banks was a second-team all-Southwest Conference selection and had 41 consecutive starts, the most ever for a Red Raider.

Banks and Hall are Texas Tech's two lone representatives in the World League. More information on the World League can be found on the Internet at

All 30 regular-season World League games will be televised in United Statas on the FX cable network. World Bowl '97 will be broadcast live in the U.S. on the Fox television network.

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