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Brian Banks Finally Gets His NFL Shot; Impresses Seahawks Enough for Minicamp Invite

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That linebacker, Brian Banks, never found out what might have been, because he was wrongly accused and convicted of rape and spent five years in prison.

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Phyllis P (237)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 11:05 am
Ten years ago, a 16-year-old linebacker from Long Beach Poly High made a verbal commitment to Pete Carroll's USC football team. That linebacker, Brian Banks, never found out what might have been, because he was wrongly accused and convicted of rape and spent five years in prison. The five years after that, which were spent on parole, saw him wearing an ankle bracelet and having to register as a sex offender wherever he went. Two weeks ago, Banks was finally exonerated, and on Thursday, he finally got to work out for Pete Carroll with an opportunity to make Carroll's team.

Only now, and with 10 years away from big-time football in the interim, Banks was trying out for the Seattle Seahawks. His story reached Carroll as it did the rest of the NFL, and of all the teams trying to get Banks into their facilities to see what might be, Carroll's got the first shot.

"This is by far the second best day of my life," Banks told the Seattle media. "May 24, my exoneration, and just today to be out on this field to work out with the Seahawks. To be given an opportunity to have a tryout. I really don't have words for it. This is a dream come true. I know a lot of people work hard to get to this point. I've also worked hard myself. I'm just thankful for the opportunity. I really am."

"He looks like a guy who has not been schooled and worked out in the fashion that our guys are at this level. It's going to take him some time and I think our expectations need to be fitted to that. He's not had the upscale program and individual workouts and the kinds of things that guys do to get here. So to look as good as he did under those circumstances was worth noting."


Jason Green (235)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 2:25 pm
great news and I hope he makes good on his second chance (that he should never of lost his first chance) to make good on the life he should have had

Fiona O (565)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 3:27 pm
Great news. Truly inspiring. Thanks so much, Phyllis.

Jim P (3257)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 3:37 pm
Awesome second chance. Hope he makes it well enough to play with NFL.

Ty, Phyllis.

Christine Stewart (134)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 8:32 pm
I am glad he is getting a second chance. I am just so sick that the girl cried "rape"- it makes it so much harder for women who have actually been raped to get any respect from the justice system.

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 8:43 pm

RosemaryRannes HusbandNeedsPrayers (650)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 9:04 pm
well said Christine Stewart!
Phyllis thank you and the best of luck to Brian Banks who most assuridly deserves happiness in his life!

Suruna WTF (38)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 9:15 pm
I agree that it is so not right that innocent young men are charged, convicted and serving when they have committed no crime. But, how does this happen? Over zealous prosecutors, poor investigation techniques, a supply line for privatized corrections (oxymoron), and young women who should be vetted in a supportive and non-threatening way. The goal should be the pursuit of the truth. Our system is broken, our humans are broken. It is happiness when someone is freed from an unjust incarceration, I'm glad he has a chance to taste his dream.

Holly Lawrence (430)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 10:53 pm
Am so very happy for Vrian -- YAY -- Best fo all Luck!!!!

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 11:10 pm
Injustice system to a just man that gets a second chance to his dream life. Best of luck to you Brian & may you be able to put all the injustice behind you & get the just rewards for your chance at a dream come through! Thanks Phyllis.

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 11:19 pm
I wish him the best of luck. Can society ever even begin to repay this injustice. I hope so.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 1:18 am
Inspireing story,hope he makes it all the way.

MmAway M (506)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 3:08 am
Thank you Phyllis ~ Heard this on the Radio on Friday morning and they talked about the girl that acused him, as well as what he actually said, that he couldn't hold on to any bad feelings, just move forward.

What a guy! like Arild said above me, hope he gets all the way now after being put away for doing nothing wrong.

Now that girl needs to pay back the all of the Money she got, as well as her parents need to be fined or stuck into jail, since they were kinda behind this (they said on the radio) cause they wanted the MONEY!

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 5:51 am
Thanks for sharing.

Carmen S (611)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 7:12 am
This is great news, Phyllis, hope everything goes well for him, and glad he is getting the chance he deserved years ago.

Lone W (1428)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 8:34 am
thats great

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 10:07 am
What an awesome story Phyllis!!!! I am so happy for him and to be such an inspiration to others who may need a positive lift from a difficult great is that!? Thanks for sharing!!

TomCat S (129)
Monday June 11, 2012, 8:57 am
Good for him, but I hope he does better than the Sea Chickens. ;-)

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Monday June 11, 2012, 3:46 pm
Thanks Phyllis for sharing this awesome story - I so agree with Jason! I wish him all the luck in the world!

Nancy C (806)
Sunday June 24, 2012, 9:52 am
All the best to him. What a difficult stint for him...
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