The long road for linebacker Brian Banks to the NFL has contained many twists and turns.
It also included a short bald man who may or may not have been living under a bridge along the route.
Once FOX’s Jay Glazer became aware of Banks’ imprisonment for a crime he didn’t commit, Glazer began providing MMA training to Banks at no cost. The goal was to get him in NFL shape, and then to get a team to take a chance on him.
Glazer, who can be slightly persistent, became Banks’ biggest cheerleader, encouraging a team to sign him. Eventually, the Falcons did.
It’s not a tryout. It’s a roster spot. And now it’s up to Banks to make it to the 53-man roster, or at a minimum to the practice squad.
Here’s Glazer talking about his efforts on Banks’ behalf, from Wednesday’s edition of PFT Live.This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!