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Brian Banks ran 4.77 forty during Chiefs workout

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It’s okay to be skeptical about former USC Trojans recruit Brian Banks’ chances of making it in the NFL. He’s spent the last decade reeling from a false rape accusation that landed Banks in prison for five years. Banks is now trying to bounce back.

And he has athleticism on his side.

According to Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback column, Banks ran a 4.77 forty-yard dash time at 6-foot-2 1/2, 239 pounds during his Chiefs tryout earlier this month. Keep in mind Banks just began working out extensively on May 24, after he was exonerated.

Banks still needs to get in much better shape, a goal he’s taken steps toward by training with FOX Sports reporter and mixed-martial arts maven Jay Glazer.

Banks will try out for the 49ers on Monday.

Keep in mind the 26-year-old Banks has practice squad eligibility for the 2012 season. So even if he’s not a realistic 53-man roster candidate, Banks’ developmental athleticism could keep his dream alive.

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40 Responses to “Brian Banks ran 4.77 forty during Chiefs workout”
  1. thepathtothedraft says: Jun 18, 2012 10:05 AM

    Is there anybody not rooting for this guy?

  2. tejguy says: Jun 18, 2012 10:06 AM

    Starting to feel really bad for this guy, gets put in jail for 5 years for a false rape accusation and now he is running around, trying out for all these teams, while producing well on the the field (for a guy who just spent 5 years in jail), and can’t get a clear cut answer from one NFL team. Hopefully he finds a home and is successful after his hardest years yet.

  3. giantsfan82 says: Jun 18, 2012 10:10 AM

    Keep working at it big guy. You have a lot of people pulling for ya!

  4. selgaeinla says: Jun 18, 2012 10:11 AM

    Hard Knocks should forget the Dolphins and follow this guy’s quest for redemption.

  5. n0hopeleft says: Jun 18, 2012 10:19 AM

    That is very impressive!

  6. totallyuselessme says: Jun 18, 2012 10:21 AM

    Some team would be smart to sign him just for the attention it’d grab. And if his work ethic is there, that’s a pretty damn good time for a guy who’s fresh out of jail.

    Come on Brian! What a great story this would be if he makes it!

  7. kravenm3 says: Jun 18, 2012 10:24 AM

    This guy is obviously still a heck of an athlete. If he can’t get a shot with an NFL team he should be able to at least catch on in the CFL and work his way up. It is a shame he missed out on his scholarship back in the day.

  8. myspaceyourface says: Jun 18, 2012 10:25 AM

    I’m surprised the Bengals haven’t given this guy a shot. I guess they only want people who have actually committed a crime. . .

  9. nflofficeadmin says: Jun 18, 2012 10:26 AM

    Why not play a year in arena football and get your game up. Then go hit the big show.

  10. napoleonblownapart6887 says: Jun 18, 2012 10:31 AM

    I’ve got to say, this is truly a refreshing story. This is a guy who has every reason to be bitter at the entire world, but when he got a second chance at life (one he obviously rightly deserved) its inspiring to see him chase his dream.

    I really hope he makes a team.

  11. noeffinway says: Jun 18, 2012 10:32 AM

    So have they jailed the false accuser yet????????? If not, WHY NOT?????????It pisses me off every time I think about what she did!

  12. hokies34 says: Jun 18, 2012 10:32 AM

    He gonna make it in life one way or another. We’re rooting for you man .

  13. dagodevil says: Jun 18, 2012 10:36 AM

    Good to see that prison didn’t turn him to the darkside. Shows what kind of character this guy has.

  14. profootballwalk says: Jun 18, 2012 10:39 AM

    Hasn’t played football in the five years since high school,, and I’m supposed to believe he can walk into an NFL job? There are hundreds of guys who just played for years of NCAA football, and didn’t get a sniff at the NFL. Unless they’ve invented a new ‘falsely accused of rape’ position, this guy doesn’t have an icicle’s chance in hell.

  15. commonsensedude says: Jun 18, 2012 10:47 AM

    We’re all rooting for you, Brian!!!

  16. hugejazz says: Jun 18, 2012 10:54 AM

    I hope some team will give him a shot. The arena league thing is not a bad idea for him just to get back in the mix of things and get some field time. I’d want him on my team just because his attitude is outstanding. And you can’t teach that.

  17. mauicat1 says: Jun 18, 2012 11:02 AM

    If I am and owner in the CFL or any minor league team , I am gonna’ sign this kid today, and give him a shot that was stolen from him. Yeah, I know. It’d be a PR move, but so what? Banks could at least showcase his talents and motivation to the NFL, and maybe next year he gets on some team’s practice squad. And also, he came out of prison with no tats. Brian must have known that a higher power was lookin’ out for him. If that had of happened to me and a million other guys, we’d have been hanging from a bedsheet. This is an absolute made-for-tv movie. Son, go get it. If anybody deserves shot, it’s you.

  18. Grulks says: Jun 18, 2012 11:07 AM

    Obviously the NFL is a business. It seems like teams are hoarding all of these roster spots, in hopes of finding a better/more likely to make the final roster.

    I think whatever team gives him an honest shot, gives him a chance to get back in shape, and goes a little out of there way to coach him, is going to get one of the most driven players out there. There just isn’t any way a person can go through all the things he has gone through, with that incredibly positive attitude, without being incredibly motivated.

  19. cali49er707 says: Jun 18, 2012 11:13 AM

    im calling my shot, banks will sign with 9ERS!!!

  20. 9ueenbee says: Jun 18, 2012 11:17 AM

    Even if he settled in the team I hate, I’ll root for this guy.

  21. theawkwardyears says: Jun 18, 2012 11:20 AM

    So sick of this story, allot of people miss their chance. They should stop giving him false hope, he can’t ball. He has never played in College and would be totally lost in the NFL, this isn’t the NBA.

  22. realnflmaster says: Jun 18, 2012 12:13 PM

    You don’t even get drafted if you a run a 4.7 as a receiver. Tell this guy to get a job at McDonalds or something, get away from my football league.

  23. mauicat1 says: Jun 18, 2012 12:29 PM

    Your football league? What a asinine statement. So who made you king? BTW, how do get out of flippin’ burgers on Sunday to watch the NFL? How about you spend ten years of your life in prison or with an ankle bracelet knowing you are innocent? Next time you have a thought………just let it go.

  24. ripseau says: Jun 18, 2012 12:39 PM

    Hes a ball of clay at this point. Any team can play him from rb to LB to safety to wr. Unfortunately hell b 30a by the time he learns a position and past his athletic prime but to b honest he sounds like a special teams player. That is what i would focus on because hes got the build and speed and its fairly easy to learn compared to offenses or defenses

  25. amg503 says: Jun 18, 2012 12:46 PM

    I’m rooting for this guy real hard.

    BTW, when you look at Jay Glazer, anyone else here think he’s more likely to have a show on the food network than be a martial arts expert?

  26. rcali says: Jun 18, 2012 12:53 PM

    AFL labor dispute is over, that’s maybe a first step for him. He’s not even close to practice squad material yet. There are young, starting college DB’s from big schools, that won’t even be good enough for most teams practice squad. Feel good stories are for the Olympics.

  27. oldbyrd says: Jun 18, 2012 1:01 PM

    If anybody deserves a break this guy does!!!! I am an Eagles Fan but, Im pulling for this guy.

  28. brasho says: Jun 18, 2012 1:11 PM

    I feel bad for the guy but him running 4.77 handtimed at only 239 lbs is NOT impressive at all. If he were at the combine, his electronic time would have been in the mid 4.8 range.. which would have labeled him NOT athletic.

    Considering his lack of athleticism and lack of experience ever playing a down in college, this guy doesn’t have much of a shot. There are way too many guys out there that run far better than a 4.77, are bigger, and have had the pads on for the past 4 years.

    I hope he gets a shot, but when and if he does, it won’t be a very good one.

  29. Grulks says: Jun 18, 2012 1:38 PM

    brasho says: Jun 18, 2012 1:11 PM

    I feel bad for the guy but him running 4.77 handtimed at only 239 lbs is NOT impressive at all. If he were at the combine, his electronic time would have been in the mid 4.8 range.. which would have labeled him NOT athletic.

    Considering his lack of athleticism and lack of experience ever playing a down in college, this guy doesn’t have much of a shot. There are way too many guys out there that run far better than a 4.77, are bigger, and have had the pads on for the past 4 years.

    I hope he gets a shot, but when and if he does, it won’t be a very good one.
    ==========
    I think you are missing the point. True, a 4.77 is not competitive. But the part you are missing is that he’s only been training since late May. That’s not even a month of training. Shaving off .20 to .25 seconds from out of shape, to in football shape, is not unrealistic. Lets say that when he is in or close to football shape, he is only able to shave off .15. that’s still a 4.6 40, and there are PLENTY of LB’s in the NFL running that speed.

  30. whoknowsnothing says: Jun 18, 2012 1:51 PM

    Banks is aiming for a practice squad spot.
    If Banks can’t get on the practice squad, a year in Canada will help him out.
    Regardless I hope he makes it to the NFL and plays at least a year!

  31. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Jun 18, 2012 2:05 PM

    Texans need to pick this guy up and have him play olb. Keep him on the practice squad till next year. Can never have to many pass rushers!

  32. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 18, 2012 2:58 PM

    Realnflmaster….u are a complete TOOL and u probably work at McDonald’s cleaning up bird droppings in the parking lot, i hope my Colta pick him up, he’s practice squad eligible too, stash him away and let him train and get in shape, might be a diamond in the rough

  33. ernie ernie says: Jun 18, 2012 3:29 PM

    Let’s keep in mind there are some very good linebackers who did go to college and played well so Banks has to beat one of them out to take a position away. They have a life too and want just as bad to be on a team. Last, Banks wasn’t totally innocent. He was guilty of something that caused all this.

  34. 757ravensfan says: Jun 18, 2012 3:30 PM

    You gotta love his determination and true grit. I hope he lands on his feet somewhere.

    BTW, it amazes me how some people can give a “thumbs down” to the positive comments and post about Banks!! You better hope something like this never happens to you!

  35. discosucs2005 says: Jun 18, 2012 4:37 PM

    “Last, Banks wasn’t totally innocent. He was guilty of something that caused all this.”

    What would that be? I’m seriously asking, I’ve only read brief summaries of the case so maybe I missed something.

  36. goodtogo28 says: Jun 18, 2012 4:59 PM

    just out of curiosity, doesn’t he have NCAA eligibility? if not the pros, could he go back to USC (or any other school offering scholarship) to play and work on his education as a fall back option in case?

  37. raider2124 says: Jun 18, 2012 6:09 PM

    Enough with banks already. Headline banks takes a dump. He was a marginal high school player at best. I spent the last ten years drinking and eating bad food. Can I get a tryout to?

  38. mauicat1 says: Jun 18, 2012 7:17 PM

    Banks spent the last ten years eatin’ bad food too…..in prison. Probably wishes he could have been somewhere else—like the NFL. Get a life, meatball!

  39. raiderstink56 says: Jun 18, 2012 9:51 PM

    I am pulling for Brian in the worst way, truly hope he makes it but also would have lawyers working on this case for fault imprisonment , the guy could have been a star backer in this league after all who,s to say he would not have been a standout at a D1 school, I wonder how fast he was then if now he runs a sub 5 forty at 25yrs old Go Brian Go!

  40. funkylovemonkey says: Jun 18, 2012 10:39 PM

    ernie ernie says:
    Jun 18, 2012 3:29 PM
    Let’s keep in mind there are some very good linebackers who did go to college and played well so Banks has to beat one of them out to take a position away. They have a life too and want just as bad to be on a team. Last, Banks wasn’t totally innocent. He was guilty of something that caused all this.

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    Guilty of knowing a liar?

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