Longtime NFL reporter Banks dies at 56

Longtime NFL journalist Don Banks died Sunday in Canton, Ohio, at the age of 56.

Banks had just started a new job with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and had covered the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony Saturday night.

Banks, who previously worked more than 16 years for Sports Illustrated, died in his sleep.

"Words can't express the depth of sadness the Review-Journal staff feels for Don's family and friends," Review-Journal Executive Editor Glenn Cook said Sunday. "Beyond a sportswriting institution, Don was a dedicated husband and father and a class act. No NFL journalist commanded more respect. The sport has lost one of its finest storytellers."

--Field Level Media