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Brian Banks believes he can become an NFL starter

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It was his faith in his innocence and that the truth would eventually come out that allowed Brian Banks to get through 10 years of jail and house arrest for a crime he didn’t commit.

That faith also has Banks confident in his football abilities and that he will seize the opportunity given to him by the Atlanta Falcons. Banks signed with the Falcons last week after getting a few tryout opportunities with teams last offseason.

According to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, Banks not only believes he can make the Falcons roster, he believes he can ultimately become a starter in the NFL as well.

“When you’ve been through 10 years of hell, and you get a chance to fulfill your dream, you’re not going to take that lightly,” Banks said. “After working out with these guys this offseason, I believe in myself as a player even more. I truly believe I will make a 53-man roster. I believe I will play. And I believe eventually I will start.”

Banks played sparingly in the United Football League last season before the league ceased operations mid-season. NFL teams chose to pass on signing Banks to a contract. Banks was not yet in football shape and still hadn’t played any organized football since high school.

Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff insists Banks’ signing isn’t a charity case and that he can compete for a roster spot. Banks understands that perception but is convinced he can prove the Falcons right for giving him a chance.

“That’s not something I can control,” Banks said. “All I know is I have been given a chance. As coach [Mike] Smith and Mr. Dimitroff told me, ‘We didn’t bring you here for nothing. There’s no reason for us to bring you in, unless we think you have a chance to help us.’ But when people say I really don’t have a chance, it fuels me. I do have to cover some ground, but what I’m happy about right now is that even though I am 27, I’m a young 27.”

Becoming an NFL starter may still be a long-shot proposition. However, even if Banks is just able to make an NFL roster and get on the field, it will be an amazing accomplishment for a man that’s had to overcome so much already.

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32 Responses to “Brian Banks believes he can become an NFL starter”
  1. patsarethegoat says: Apr 10, 2013 12:02 AM

    I hope he makes it. He’s already overcome the hardest thing of his life. All I know is that the accuser should be sent behind bars for as long as he was.

  2. redfield11 says: Apr 10, 2013 12:22 AM

    You know it’s offseason news when a professional athlete thinking he can make an impact makes the news.

  3. raiderinva says: Apr 10, 2013 12:28 AM

    I honestly hope he makes a squad.

    Talk about someone who deserves a break in life, and is not actually demanding one.

  4. fredsingleton says: Apr 10, 2013 12:33 AM

    Good luck to him. Would really be great for the NFL if he can turn into a good player.

    Wishing you a healthy, successful career, Brian.

  5. msclemons67 says: Apr 10, 2013 12:40 AM

    I know it’s a long shot and I know it won’t be easy but I really hope this guy makes it. Love his determination and drive.

  6. arrogantnation says: Apr 10, 2013 12:56 AM

    What an accomplishment that would be.

  7. timegambit says: Apr 10, 2013 1:02 AM

    Just a guess, but….a talented dude imprisoned and gets a second chance……Pick him up!

    I’ll work on the movie.

  8. ducksflyhigh says: Apr 10, 2013 1:02 AM

    Great story and it has been since last year, i’ll just wait to watch the lifetime movie when it comes out.

  9. granadafan says: Apr 10, 2013 1:09 AM

    Brian Banks is my newest favorite player. I don’t think very much about the Falcons, but I really hope he, not only makes the team, but becomes a beast for them. There’s no player in the league who deserves it more than Banks.

  10. lostsok says: Apr 10, 2013 1:18 AM

    He makes the roster…the value of the movie rights go through the roof. I’m sure he’d rather have those 10 years back, but more power to him if he can at least make a life out of losing them.

  11. roddytorock84 says: Apr 10, 2013 1:38 AM

    Truly inspiring story. I am rooting for him 100%

  12. chubby4tubby says: Apr 10, 2013 1:47 AM

    i hope this man makes it… i believe in you as a Vikings fan

  13. chubby4tubby says: Apr 10, 2013 1:51 AM

    please make it in the nfl you deserve it

  14. saintsfan26 says: Apr 10, 2013 2:03 AM

    I hate the Falcons more than I hate North Korea. But even I am pulling for this kid. Good luck buddy.

  15. slugbaitspace says: Apr 10, 2013 2:12 AM

    I’ve never bought a player jersey before…maybe now’s the time.

  16. klroot says: Apr 10, 2013 2:14 AM

    In your corner Brian keep the faith, I believe also !

  17. arctantheta says: Apr 10, 2013 2:30 AM

    Best of luck, bro. If anyone deserves it, you do.

  18. alxgmz says: Apr 10, 2013 2:34 AM

    Do it man! We are all rooting for you. Falcons are not my team but we are all fans of seizing the 2nd chance. You sure deserve it!

  19. burnzido says: Apr 10, 2013 2:34 AM

    If someone in Hollywood hasn’t already bought the rights to this story they surely need to. Just please dont cast Sandra Bullock.

  20. mf7krime says: Apr 10, 2013 4:05 AM

    Mee too.

  21. leggett17 says: Apr 10, 2013 4:54 AM

    He also thought it was a good idea to plead “No Contest” to a crime he didn’t commit.

  22. footballfan12289 says: Apr 10, 2013 5:33 AM

    I hope he makes it. Good Luck Brian

  23. jacobknicks says: Apr 10, 2013 6:01 AM

    What is he supposed to say? That his ultimate ambition is to only be a special teams player?

  24. titansbro says: Apr 10, 2013 6:49 AM

    Sooo rooting for this dude.

  25. manilarizzo says: Apr 10, 2013 6:50 AM

    Can’t help but root for this guy.

  26. the3rain3maker says: Apr 10, 2013 6:52 AM

    Brian Banks, the whole world is behind your back and rooting for you. Regardless of what happens in the end, your preserverence and determination to still fight for an NFL job is nothing short of amazing.

  27. beckzhere says: Apr 10, 2013 6:54 AM

    If he plays well as a rotational guy for 2 years, he could be able to land a starting role (and big contract) somewhere for sure. Use this opportunity as resume fodder and live the dream.

    His chances of starting instead of Sean Weatherspoon or Stephen Nicholas are nonexistent. Replacing Akeem Dent seems like a much smaller mountain to climb.

  28. patriots420 says: Apr 10, 2013 7:00 AM

    I hope he pulls a Vontaze Burfict x10. I was a little skeptical about this dude until I saw he was willing to go to the minor league last year and hearing some of his interviews he is really intelligent and humble.

    Here’s to Banks getting to the starting line up and the pro bowl in time. I hope whoever framed him gets what they deserve, the old “eye for an eye” addage seems appropriate.

  29. hmpennypacker says: Apr 10, 2013 7:28 AM

    Have at it Brian! Genuinely hope this works out for him.

  30. exboomer says: Apr 10, 2013 7:43 AM

    If anyone in this world deserves a chance to make his dream come true then Banks certainly does. I hope he can make it happen.

  31. scottieplongballs says: Apr 10, 2013 7:51 AM

    I couldnt imagine going through all he has. I would have been a broken man. I will be rooting for this guy!!!

  32. dabillsrule says: Apr 10, 2013 10:04 AM

    I don’t care who your favorite team is, if you don’t root for this guy there is something wrong with you. And seriously, why isn’t his accuser in jail? She wasted five years of his life and nearly killed his dream. You gotta respect him for not being bitter towards that wench, or for at least keeping it to himself.

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