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Brian Banks finally plays in an NFL game

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Brian Banks has reached another level in the realization of his dream.

After signing earlier in the offseason with the Falcons, the man whose football career was derailed more than a decade ago by false accusations of rape has played in an NFL preseason game.

Banks entered the Bengals-Falcons contest in the fourth quarter at middle linebacker.

A recruit at USC before his legal troubles arose, Banks’ life was put on hold from 2002 until the victim recanted her claims last year.  But it’s not the first time he has played football since high school.  Last year, Banks signed with the now-defunct UFL’s Las Vegas Locomotives.  He made it to the field before the league pulled the plug.

The next goal will be to make it to the 53-man roster.  That may be too much to expect, but there’s a chance Banks will get a chance to continue developing his skills on the Atlanta practice squad.

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26 Responses to “Brian Banks finally plays in an NFL game”
  1. demolition510 says: Aug 8, 2013 11:02 PM

    Good luck to this young man.

  2. allidoiswin55 says: Aug 8, 2013 11:04 PM

    Let’s please all give credit where’s it’s due. PETE CARROLL is the one who brought banks to the NFL, if the seahawks weren’t so stacked on defense last season his tryout for the seahawks could have resulted in something different.

    Pete recruited him to USC and stayed in contact with him. Just saying every single hate comment from fans should know their is some good that comes from Pete and the seahawks.

    I’m tooting for this guy and many of you are too. But give credit where due

  3. grendelg says: Aug 8, 2013 11:06 PM

    He did okay in there. Seemed to have good instincts and decent skills. Of course, it was against 3rd stringers, so who knows.

  4. bennyb82 says: Aug 8, 2013 11:12 PM

    If you do not root for this guy, there is something wrong with you.

  5. thekyle1591 says: Aug 8, 2013 11:20 PM

    How did he do?

  6. germanstingray says: Aug 8, 2013 11:21 PM

    I hope he plays his heart out. Few of us have every had the opportunity to audition for an NFL team. Hopefully even fewer of us will be subjected to the degree of injustice he suffered.

  7. corkspop says: Aug 8, 2013 11:23 PM

    Great story. Hope it has a few more chapters.

  8. nfl4days says: Aug 8, 2013 11:34 PM

    Wish him nothing but the best.

  9. fdugrad says: Aug 8, 2013 11:35 PM

    Good for him. Nice story.

  10. Spencer says: Aug 8, 2013 11:49 PM

    Scary how we live in a world where all a woman has to do is say “he raped me” and you can go to prison.

  11. paulitik74 says: Aug 9, 2013 12:02 AM

    He played well tonight. Had a couple tackles, shed some blocks, swarmed around the ball. This kid is an inspiration and I’m d@mn proud he’s a Falcon.

    He’s not as far behind as I thought he’d be. Crossing my fingers he makes the team.

  12. frk49rs says: Aug 9, 2013 12:20 AM

    man I hope so cause if anybody deserves a chance its him. I hope somebody give him two years at least on the practice squad somewhere if he can’t make it to the field. he need some good in his life.

  13. granadafan says: Aug 9, 2013 12:23 AM

    Great job. If there’s ever a guy you cheer for, it’s Brian Banks. I hope he realizes his dreams.

  14. keylimelight says: Aug 9, 2013 12:52 AM

    I missed that quarter of the game. (Denver and SF were putting on one helluva show.)

    Can anyone report on how he did?

  15. romoscollarbone says: Aug 9, 2013 1:03 AM

    Best of luck BB.

  16. taintedsaints2009 says: Aug 9, 2013 1:35 AM

    What that guy went through is one of my biggest nightmares.

  17. fivefivenine says: Aug 9, 2013 1:35 AM

    I know it’s said on every Brian Banks post on PFT but I’m rooting so hard for this guy. Coming from a Raiders fan.

  18. akboot says: Aug 9, 2013 1:40 AM

    You’ve got a fan here. Hope to draft you myself someday. Wish you nothing but the best!

  19. flannlv says: Aug 9, 2013 2:07 AM

    Mr. Banks has shown heart, commitment, compassion and resolve. A true testament to what it means be a man.

  20. rukkus1 says: Aug 9, 2013 2:12 AM

    Cool story bro

  21. pabrownsfan says: Aug 9, 2013 4:48 AM

    I hope the kid makes it. Good luck to him.

  22. seanb20124 says: Aug 9, 2013 6:34 AM

    Everyone should be pulling for this kid

  23. bubba278 says: Aug 9, 2013 7:40 AM

    Is there anyone who is not rooting for this kid? If he doesn’t make it in the NFL, which I don’t think he will, he’s got a life as a motivational speaker about perseverance…

  24. exboomer says: Aug 9, 2013 7:49 AM

    I’m glad he got a chance to play in an NFL game even if it’s only a preseason game. I hope he can find a way to make the roster.

  25. klodkkr says: Aug 9, 2013 10:11 AM

    What a shame….I hope that he is rewarded in many ways!!!

  26. scoobies05 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:20 AM

    awesome story. continued good luck to brian banks

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