Brian Banks became a free man last week when his 2003 conviction on charges of rape and kidnapping was overturned when the alleged victim recanted her story.
Upon his release, Banks, a high school linebacker who was headed to USC when he was charged, said that he wanted a shot to play in the NFL. It looks like Banks is going to get that chance.
Rick Reilly of ESPN writes Wednesday that four teams have already reached out to Banks about tryouts. The Redskins, Chiefs and Dolphins all called Banks on Tuesday. That put them behind the Seahawks, who reached out to Banks earlier and scheduled a tryout for June 7th. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was the USC coach when Banks was derailed on his path to the school.
“I’ll make ’em happy,” Banks said. “After all I’ve been through these last 10 years, I can still do some things that will impress you.”
Banks is a long shot, obviously, but it would make a pretty great story even better if he could find his way onto an NFL roster.