One of the first posts I wrote was about a man named Brian Banks who had an incredible story. Banks was a former top high school recruit before he was accused of rape. Long story short, (more detail can be found in my story – the link above) Banks was told that he didn’t have a chance in a court case, so he struck a plea for a six-year prison sentence. After nearly five years, he managed to get the victim to admit that she had fabricated the entire allegation. Five years later, Banks was a free man who lost his opportunity to play college football at USC and then push for the NFL.
Now he finally has that opportunity to play again. He was working out last offseason with the hope of latching onto a team during the offseason, but after being brought in for a couple interviews, he went last season unsigned. Now this offseason, he is back in the news as he signed with the Atlanta Falcons and if his apparent physical ability from last offseason is any indication, he has a chance to stick with them.
I recently saw that Banks will be writing about his experience as he tries to make the Falcons’ team. His first post, “My Journey” is quite powerful and makes you cheer for his success no matter your favorite team. His blog is definitely something for people to check out as the preseason, and hopefully on into the regular season. The link to his blog can be found here.