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Brian Banks gets invite to Seahawks minicamp

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Pete Carroll said that if the Seahawks liked what they saw in Brian Banks’ tryout on Thursday, they’d extend him an invitation to their minicamp.

Carrol has proven to be a man of his word. Even though the Seahawks were barred from practicing because of the penalties for contact during OTAs, Banks was able to try out for the team and, apparently, they liked what they saw. Carroll made the announcement on Twitter Thursday afternoon that Banks was invited to continue trying out at next week’s minicamp.

“Brian Banks is an extraordinary guy & we invited him back to participate in our minicamp next week… We hope to see him then!”

Carroll was the coach of USC when Banks committed to go there as a high school player. Then came an allegation of rape and kidnapping and the 10-year odyssey through the legal and penal systems that finally ended last month when he was exonerated after his accuser recanted her story. Banks lined up reportedly lined up tryouts with several NFL teams with the Seahawks first in line.

Tim Booth of the Associated Press reports that Banks said that he will speak to his agent before deciding whether or not to attend.Banks hasn’t signed or even been offered a contract at this point, so he remains a massive long shot. He also remains very easy to root for.

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30 Responses to “Brian Banks gets invite to Seahawks minicamp”
  1. Vegas Guy says: Jun 7, 2012 3:15 PM

    Every time I see this guys name I think Briana Banks..

  2. briang123 says: Jun 7, 2012 3:19 PM

    I hope Mr. Banks ha been watching two movies: Fast Times at Ridgemont High and The Waterboy. That’s how he can make a team.

  3. webehighrollin says: Jun 7, 2012 3:20 PM

    He wants to come to the Citay by the Bay..

    to learn from the best #Willis&Bowman

  4. mike5011ad says: Jun 7, 2012 3:22 PM

    Go to college man. The chance of you making an NFL roster right away are slim, especially since you only played hs, and that was several years ago. If you show up to camp you lose your NCAA eligibility. You also have more options than the average incoming college freshman. If you play good in college, you can leave right away without having to wait, since you’re already three years out of high school. And who knows, maybe a free eduaction might help you out in the future…

  5. souldogdave says: Jun 7, 2012 3:22 PM

    Good story. Great PR for Carroll and the Seahawks, regardless of the outcome. Practice squad would be cheap and safe. Why does he need to talk to his agent about attending? A easy way out?

  6. eyeh8goodell says: Jun 7, 2012 3:27 PM

    So……there’s no punishment for the lying accuser? Why am I not seeing anywhere that she is in any legal danger whatsoever? Doubtful she has anything worth going after in a civil suit. She should be behind bars not only for the injustice she brought down on this poor guy, but also the massive waste of time and taxpayer dollars she wasted taking this through the legal/penal system with her vindictive lying.

  7. juliusanonymous says: Jun 7, 2012 3:31 PM

    Really wish the Seahawks wouldn’t have turned down Hard Knocks. This has got to be the best story-line of the entire NFL this offseason. Who isn’t rooting for this guy?

  8. jerrysandusky1 says: Jun 7, 2012 3:32 PM

    He has all the makings to play QB for the Steelers.

  9. norcalmafia says: Jun 7, 2012 3:32 PM

    Good for him…

  10. 49erstim says: Jun 7, 2012 3:33 PM

    Wow. Good for him. I hope he is able to make good on this opportunity. Good luck Brian Banks!

  11. sdb0ltz says: Jun 7, 2012 3:33 PM

    Thats a cool story.. very cool. I wish the best for this guy and hope he lands on an NFL team.

    Aside from that… I’ve read like 10 articles on this guy and not 1 mentions his position… can someone enlighten me?

  12. fin72 says: Jun 7, 2012 3:37 PM

    Tim Booth of the Associated Press reports that Banks said that he will speak to his agent before deciding whether or not to attend.
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    I’m sure that’s going to be a very difficult decision. Just say “yes” to the Seahawks and don’t look a gift-horse in the mouth!

  13. rickastleydancemoves says: Jun 7, 2012 3:38 PM

    One can only imagine the emotional and psychological torture this man went through. As for his accuser, I wouldn’t feel the least bit sorry for her if something extremely horrible happened to her. Karma is a full circle.

  14. tialen says: Jun 7, 2012 3:41 PM

    I hope the guy makes the practice squad

  15. norcalmafia says: Jun 7, 2012 3:52 PM

    Brians first reply was “who are the Seahawks and where the hell is Seattle ?”

  16. qdog112 says: Jun 7, 2012 3:52 PM

    I can’t say what Carroll had to do with the USC problems, but I can say that he seems to be doing it right. Giving the kid a shot at his dream is worth a lot of points to me. I hope he makes it and I hope the Hawks do well this year.

  17. punkmonkeyfaces says: Jun 7, 2012 3:53 PM

    Pullin for ya Banks!

  18. acromartieismydad says: Jun 7, 2012 4:02 PM

    Great to hear he has enough raw football ability to go with his world class attitude to keep his dream going forward. Hope he takes the Hawks up on the invite.

  19. usmutts says: Jun 7, 2012 4:04 PM

    No one knows how many people are imprisoned for crimes they never committed, sometimes when there was no crime at all. Innocent men have been executed. My understanding is that Banks’ accuser has recanted, which means that she lied under oath for the purpose of sending an innocent man to prison. Perjury is a felony. Has she been charged? If not, then there is still no justice for Banks nor for society.

    If an innocent man is sent to prison and his false accuser is not, then a double wrong has been committed.

  20. acromartieismydad says: Jun 7, 2012 4:05 PM

    norcalmafia says:
    Jun 7, 2012 3:52 PM
    Brians first reply was “who are the Seahawks and where the hell is Seattle ?”
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    Christ, lose the Seahawks and Seattle bashing wisecracks for a just a minute and enjoy a good story no matter what team it is.

  21. hawks1224 says: Jun 7, 2012 4:10 PM

    Brians first reply was “who are the Seahawks and where the hell is Seattle ?”

    Hey norcal, what an intelligent post. You should be embarrased by your ignorant comments.

  22. seahulk9 says: Jun 7, 2012 4:11 PM

    yes norcal(i knew youd be here) thats probably what his reply was…..at least you are consistantly rediculous.(sorry for the 2 big words)

  23. footballfanatic2010 says: Jun 7, 2012 4:29 PM

    I hope he makes the PS…that’d be a nice way to help him get his life back together.

  24. anygivenwednesday13 says: Jun 7, 2012 5:49 PM

    How the hell does anyone give a thumbs down to anyone who just posts a positive encouragement for this guy?!?

  25. bigguy54 says: Jun 7, 2012 5:56 PM

    sdb0ltz

    he is a linebacker

  26. vahawker says: Jun 7, 2012 7:17 PM

    anygivenwednesday13 says: Jun 7, 2012 5:49 PM

    How the hell does anyone give a thumbs down to anyone who just posts a positive encouragement for this guy?!?
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    Don’t spend much time around the 8 year olds like Norcal that linger around here do you?

  27. db105 says: Jun 7, 2012 7:23 PM

    Don’t we live in a great country where there’s no accountability for the accuser but a large financial award?

  28. qdog112 says: Jun 8, 2012 7:10 AM

    mike5011ad says: Jun 7, 2012 3:22 PM

    Go to college man. The chance of you making an NFL roster right away are slim, especially since you only played hs, and that was several years ago. If you show up to camp you lose your NCAA eligibility. You also have more options than the average incoming college freshman. If you play good in college, you can leave right away without having to wait, since you’re already three years out of high school. And who knows, maybe a free eduaction might help you out in the future…
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    Banks is 26 years old and you say go to college? Do the math – oh my bad, guess you didn’t go to college.

  29. elohim7ks says: Jun 8, 2012 10:27 PM

    Man Bank’s, I agree. I’m so happy for you man, but go to college young man. Don’t lose your eligibility. Some where like Alabama would get you ready for the next level, and if your skills are off the chart, every NFL Team will be able to evaluate you and you’ll be ready for the combine next season. But if the Seahawks sign you, God Bless, i for one hope you make it, if it’s only the pratice squad for now, good luck.

  30. alan3008 says: Jun 11, 2012 4:05 AM

    His best bet would go back and play college ball, then try out for an NFL team.

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