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Brian Banks: Cutdown day wasn’t a difficult moment

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The first round of cuts are done and Brian Banks is still on the Falcons’ roster.

You might think that Tuesday’s deadline loomed large for a player trying to resume his football career after almost 10 years away from the game after being wrongfully convicted of rape while in high school, but Banks said that he wasn’t sweating a visit from the Turk. Banks said that he knew he had worked as hard as he could to make a good impression on Falcons coaches and was prepared for any outcome.

“For me, it wasn’t a difficult day or a nervous moment,” Banks said, via the team’s website. “I feel like if you put your all into something and you work and try as hard as you can, it’s all you really can do. After that, whatever’s supposed to happen will happen. That’s just how I look at things. If I’m supposed to be here and I do all that I can to be here, I’ll be here. The day of first cuts, I treated it as a normal day. If my phone rang, then I knew it was time to hear the words, but it didn’t and I’m still here and I’m still working as hard as I can.”

Banks should see his most extensive action of the preseason in Thursday’s finale, when he and others vying for the final spots on the Falcons roster will get the run of the field while the starters rest for Week One. After that will come another round of cuts that Banks said he’ll approach with the same attitude as the cut to 75 players.

The result of those cuts may not be as positive for Banks, but his outlook should help him find success in life regardless of what the Falcons decide to do.

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16 Responses to “Brian Banks: Cutdown day wasn’t a difficult moment”
  1. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 28, 2013 10:17 AM

    Prime practice squad candidate. That’s huge considering how long it’s been since he last played.

  2. braven4evr says: Aug 28, 2013 10:22 AM

    Hope he makes the team! Pulling for this guy…

  3. skittlesareyum says: Aug 28, 2013 10:22 AM

    I hope he makes it; and if he doesn’t, another team picks him up.

  4. bcwildcat24 says: Aug 28, 2013 10:36 AM

    The more I hear from him, the more respect I have for him. It can’t be easy to go through what he went through over the past 10 years, and I still haven’t heard him say an ill word about the accuser, her mother, or anyone else who had a hand in sending him to prison for a crime that never occured. Superstars who want to whine and play the “woe is me” card when something doesn’t go their way should really take a lesson from Banks.

  5. johnnyjagfan says: Aug 28, 2013 10:43 AM

    He makes the team & I’ll buy his jersey.

  6. pooflingingmonkey says: Aug 28, 2013 10:52 AM

    This kid’s perspective belies his age. How can you not hope for him to succeed?

  7. corkspop says: Aug 28, 2013 10:57 AM

    This is still one of the best stories of the ’13 – ’14 NFL season. Hope he makes the team.

  8. dowhatifeellike says: Aug 28, 2013 11:04 AM

    johnnyjagfan says:
    Aug 28, 2013 10:43 AM
    He makes the team & I’ll buy his jersey.

    If he makes ANY team, I’ll buy his jersey, and I’m saying this as a guy who owns a total of two jerseys.

  9. mrpresident2 says: Aug 28, 2013 11:10 AM

    How did anyone believe that this guy raped someone? He seems like the nicest, most respectful guy you’ll ever meet

  10. whatnojets says: Aug 28, 2013 11:23 AM

    Good luck kid!
    If those bums in Atlanta don’t want you, you can join our team

    New York Jets

  11. jahbird says: Aug 28, 2013 11:27 AM

    Ravanator HATES this guy.

  12. cup1981 says: Aug 28, 2013 11:28 AM

    Seems like a rather mature young man. I have tons of respect for the dude and have no doubts that he will be successful in life one way or another. I’m definitely pulling for him to make the roster :).

  13. godofwine330 says: Aug 28, 2013 11:50 AM

    A real mature young man, indeed. He is playing with house money at this point, but the best part is that he is treating it as his own because he is happy to be there and working hard still. We’re all pulling for him because I don’t believe I would be so positive had I gone through what he did. Crawled through a river of…

  14. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 28, 2013 11:53 AM

    pooflingingmonkey says:Aug 28, 2013 10:52 AM

    This kid’s perspective belies his age.
    ______

    He’s 28.

  15. th56 says: Aug 28, 2013 12:07 PM

    Even if he doesn’t make it in the NFL he is going to be just fine. I think he’s already succeeded.

  16. cowboys8819 says: Aug 28, 2013 12:19 PM

    I hope the guy does well and makes his way on to some team! Just his attitude alone can help a locker room out immensely

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