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Mike Shanahan: Brian Banks deserves an opportunity

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Earlier this week, we shared the news that Brian Banks, recently exonerated of kidnapping and rape charges when the alleged victim admitted to making it all up, was getting tryouts with the Redskins and other teams.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan confirmed that Banks would be trying out for the team and also explained why the team was taking a look at a player who last played organized football as a 16-year-old high school student. Shanahan said that Banks earned the chance to “see what type of shape he’s in and see if there’s a chance” because of the way he handled himself throughout the ordeal.

“I think when somebody goes through the situation that he went through, you know, he deserves an opportunity to try out for somebody,” Shanahan said after practice on Thursday. “Concerning what he went through — just reading about it, I don’t know him personally — I called him up and said, ‘Hey, we’d love to have you out.’”

Banks also has tryouts lined up with the Seahawks and Chiefs in the coming weeks. Since he won’t wind up with the Dolphins as a star of Hard Knocks, some other enterprising documentary filmmaker should try to follow Banks’ progress in a story that would seem fictional if it wasn’t unfolding in front of us.

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24 Responses to “Mike Shanahan: Brian Banks deserves an opportunity”
  1. northlawhodat says: Jun 1, 2012 11:23 AM

    Let him try out. He does deserve the chance. Can you imagine the feel good stories that will come of this if he makes it. I wish him luck and hope he makes it.

  2. tomforprez says: Jun 1, 2012 11:26 AM

    I agree about the filmmaker following him and would definitely watch it but how hesitant do you think teams will be to let ANYONE in, even for inspirational stories like this?

  3. tmkelley1 says: Jun 1, 2012 11:32 AM

    If you didn’t see Brian Banks on the day of his release, and his subsequent interviews, try to find them. Then you’ll understand why Shanny wants to check out this young man. I hope Brian performs well-enough to at least land a spot on the practice squad, learn the game and get in shape, and then become another London Fletcher.

    Now THAT would be a movie-maker!

  4. str8cashomie2 says: Jun 1, 2012 11:35 AM

    normally cant stand the guy but gotta give shanahan props here

  5. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jun 1, 2012 11:37 AM

    Why doesn’t he go play college football? A college education will do a lot more for him now than trying out for an NFL team. Let’s face it, he has not chance of making a team this year. Go to college and hone your skills, and if you’re as good as you think, you’ll get an opportunity in the NFL.

  6. phinfan54 says: Jun 1, 2012 11:40 AM

    Good for the NFL, Shanahan and others willing to give this guy a chance. Being wrongfully accused, let alone convicted, of a crime you did not do destroys reputations as well as the spirit. The woman needs to return the 1.5 million she received as a settlement from the school. I hope for the best for Brian Banks.

  7. dbones750 says: Jun 1, 2012 11:45 AM

    At first, I was like – “who would give this guy a tryout?”

    Then I read his story, and now I’m like – “who wouldn’t give this guy a tryout!?”

  8. flyersgoalscoredby88 says: Jun 1, 2012 11:48 AM

    Is he eligible for college? Even if the NFL doesn’t work out, perhaps he can parlay his athletic ability into an education and still come out with something.

  9. realitypolice says: Jun 1, 2012 11:52 AM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    Jun 1, 2012 11:37 AM
    Why doesn’t he go play college football? A college education will do a lot more for him now than trying out for an NFL team. Let’s face it, he has not chance of making a team this year. Go to college and hone your skills, and if you’re as good as you think, you’ll get an opportunity in the NFL.
    ============

    I guess you missed the universal derision and scorn from people on this site when Brandon Weeden was drafted at age 28. If this kid went to college now, he’d be nearly 30 when he got out.

    If it’s a big deal to draft a QB that age, do really see this kid getting a shot at LINEBACKER at 30?

    I’m pretty sure that as long as he doesn’t sign a contract or hire an agent, he could still play college football if his tryouts don’t work out.

  10. billsfan1 says: Jun 1, 2012 11:57 AM

    thanksheavenfornumberseven- why do you care?
    let him try out! If he has no chance of making it, what is the difference. He can always go back to get an education. Besides they have educational programs in prison. Do we know he hasnt completed course work yet?

    i say good for mike shanahan and anybody else who gives him a shot

  11. morgan420 says: Jun 1, 2012 12:04 PM

    i think its awesome that some teams are giving him a look at the very least. im not saying hes gonna be the starter this season or next but when you play football and you learn your instincts they alawys stay with you, you cant unteach instincts. i belive that if he kept in shape “which he had plenty of time to do so”. then i strongly feel that he will be a project player. if they can keep a quarterback on the roster for several years as a project then they can do it for banks. best of luck to you banks, give cincy a call we need depth at the linebacker posison.

  12. godofwine330 says: Jun 1, 2012 12:07 PM

    Every time I hear this story I get angry. Prosecuting attornies with nothing but winning on their minds and not justice. Damned shame. Hope he catches on somewhere.

  13. hailvictory10 says: Jun 1, 2012 12:35 PM

    Skins fan here. Even if he doesn’t make it as a player….I hope the Redskins give this young man a job.

    Hail to the Redskins and Hail Brian Banks

  14. skin94249 says: Jun 1, 2012 12:38 PM

    Although it’s going to be tough to make our team, hats off to our organization for keeping his hopes alive. Dan, Mike and Bruce thanks for caring !!!

  15. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jun 1, 2012 12:55 PM

    realitypolice says:Jun 1, 2012 11:52 AM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    Jun 1, 2012 11:37 AM
    Why doesn’t he go play college football? A college education will do a lot more for him now than trying out for an NFL team. Let’s face it, he has not chance of making a team this year. Go to college and hone your skills, and if you’re as good as you think, you’ll get an opportunity in the NFL.
    ============

    I guess you missed the universal derision and scorn from people on this site when Brandon Weeden was drafted at age 28. If this kid went to college now, he’d be nearly 30 when he got out.

    If it’s a big deal to draft a QB that age, do really see this kid getting a shot at LINEBACKER at 30?

    I’m pretty sure that as long as he doesn’t sign a contract or hire an agent, he could still play college football if his tryouts don’t work out.
    ______

    He has a better chance of making the NFL as a college star at age 29 (3 years in college) than he has of making the NFL as a guy who hasn’t played football in 10 years at age 26. If he’s invited to a training camp, he’ll probably get cut, and he’ll have missed out on training camp for a college team. Do you know how many USC recruits 10 years ago are not playing in the NFL now? The odds are seriously against him. Apparently, I’m the only one who wants what’s best for the guy while everyone else is just interested in seeing a good story that doesn’t have much of a chance at a happy ending.

  16. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jun 1, 2012 1:34 PM

    I’m just sayin’, when it comes down to final cuts, are you going to keep the guy who played four years at Penn State or the guy who played 10 years at State Pen?

  17. Soulman45 says: Jun 1, 2012 1:35 PM

    The idea is great but he have a long way to go not playing football for so long and the speed of the game of high school make it a long climb.

    Good Luck I wish you well.
    Soulman45

  18. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jun 1, 2012 1:53 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:Jun 1, 2012 1:34 PM

    I’m just sayin’, when it comes down to final cuts, are you going to keep the guy who played four years at Penn State or the guy who played 10 years at State Pen?
    ———–

    And you wonder why nobody lieks vike fans….

  19. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jun 1, 2012 2:17 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Jun 1, 2012 1:53 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:Jun 1, 2012 1:34 PM

    I’m just sayin’, when it comes down to final cuts, are you going to keep the guy who played four years at Penn State or the guy who played 10 years at State Pen?
    ———–

    And you wonder why nobody lieks vike fans….
    _________

    The NFL is a business and there’s no room for sentimentality. That’s why Donald Driver will be dancing out of the league this year.

  20. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jun 1, 2012 2:28 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:Jun 1, 2012 2:17 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Jun 1, 2012 1:53 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:Jun 1, 2012 1:34 PM

    I’m just sayin’, when it comes down to final cuts, are you going to keep the guy who played four years at Penn State or the guy who played 10 years at State Pen?
    ———–

    And you wonder why nobody lieks vike fans….
    _________

    The NFL is a business and there’s no room for sentimentality. That’s why Donald Driver will be dancing out of the league this year.

    ———–

    The other reason nobody likes vike fans is they’re stupid. Donald Driver will be dancing out the league in 2014 with three Super Bowl rings. How many Super Bowls rings do your vikes have?

  21. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jun 1, 2012 3:16 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Jun 1, 2012 2:28 PM

    The other reason nobody likes vike fans is they’re stupid. Donald Driver will be dancing out the league in 2014 with three Super Bowl rings. How many Super Bowls rings do your vikes have?
    ____

    You know, just saying you’re going to win the Super Bowl doesn’t make it happen. You have to beat a 9-7 team at home in your first playoff game as a first step. I thought you would have learned that by now.

  22. trollhammer20 says: Jun 1, 2012 4:19 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:

    You have to beat a 9-7 team at home in your first playoff game as a first step.
    ________________________________

    No, you actually have to make the playoffs first…then again, as a Viking fan, you might not know much about that.

  23. rcali says: Jun 1, 2012 9:33 PM

    He’s got no chance, time to move on from the sad story.

  24. tlaw21 says: Jun 5, 2012 11:51 AM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:Jun 1, 2012 1:34 PM

    I’m just sayin’, when it comes down to final cuts, are you going to keep the guy who played four years at Penn State or the guy who played 10 years at State Pen?
    ___________________

    I’m just sayin…The guy who deserves to be on the team

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