A former high school football star, Brian Banks (now 26) was sent to prison for 6 years for a rape he didn’t commit. Back when he was in high school he was one of the most highly-sought after players in the country but that was all taken away when a classmate LIED and said he raped her.
Now, there are reports that Brian has been in contact with the Chargers and has scheduled tryouts for three other NFL teams.
Brian was a middle linebacker at Long Beach Polytechnic High School with a scholarship offer from USC when he was accused of rape by a female classmate. Once she came forward, he was exonerated and now wants to live out his dream as a professional football player.
According to Cal Western, Banks has set up a June 7 tryout with the Seattle Seahawks — whose coach, Pete Carroll, held a similar position at USC 10 years ago — and also has workouts arranged with the Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs.
“This is what I have dreamed about my entire life,” Banks said. “I am ready to show the NFL what I am capable of doing. I want as many opportunities with as many NFL teams who are willing to give me a shot.”
We REALLY hope a team picks him up and that he does well. It would definitely be a terrific ending to a remarkable story.