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Falcons releasing Brian Banks, but want him around

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One of the most inspirational stories of the preseason is ending, but not before a final flourish.

According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, the Falcons are releasing linebacker Brian Banks, ending the comeback for a player who was 10 years removed from organized football after being wrongfully convicted of rape.

Banks was always a longshot because of the time he spent away from the game, but that never changed his approach.

In fact, Glazer reports that Falcons owner Arthur Blank was so impressed by Banks during his time with the team that he’s trying to find a career opportunity for him in the Atlanta area.

Banks’ grace in dealing with a situation that would have made most bitter and resentful is impressive, and should serve him well in whatever business he ends up in next.

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35 Responses to “Falcons releasing Brian Banks, but want him around”
  1. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 30, 2013 12:24 PM

    You’re awfully quick to end his football career. At best, he as always going to be no more than a practice squad player and he has to get cut before that can happen. I predict he’ll be on the practice squad for some team, if not the Falcons.

  2. pkrjones says: Aug 30, 2013 12:29 PM

    Well done, Arthur… the guy could use a little help ~ very classy.

  3. jsticky870 says: Aug 30, 2013 12:30 PM

    This whole story tears me up. I wish nothing but the best for this guy going forward. Maybe somebody will take a flyer on him and sign him to a practice squad or something.

  4. skoobyfl says: Aug 30, 2013 12:33 PM

    How about a greeter ??

  5. donth8thehorns says: Aug 30, 2013 12:33 PM

    Class move!

  6. cajunaise says: Aug 30, 2013 12:34 PM

    Awesome gesture by Arthur Blank, but I still want to see this guy play somewhere…

  7. 60193sheik says: Aug 30, 2013 12:35 PM

    Give that man a Home Depot!

  8. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 30, 2013 12:35 PM

    Brian may have been wrongfully convicted of rape, but he has been rightfully convicted of lacking the talent to play pro football.

  9. dbones750 says: Aug 30, 2013 12:36 PM

    It’s unfortunate he didn’t make the Falcons, but Arthur Blank and the AZ Diamondbacks deserve a round of applause for offering to help him begin a successful career.

  10. Dusty Grey says: Aug 30, 2013 12:38 PM

    Banks needs to write a book and work the speakers circuit. This guy has and incredible if not heartbreaking story that ends with some real personal triumph. Congratulations to him for making it this far. He faced more and achieved more than most.

  11. chuckishustle says: Aug 30, 2013 12:38 PM

    I think he should join the administrative/coaching staff in some aspect…If any city needs someone to get the rookies on track w/lifestyle choices and managing their inner circles, it’s ATL. Maybe he can help out with the young guys there!

  12. johnnyjagfan says: Aug 30, 2013 12:39 PM

    There are plenty of teams that will take a look at him. He’s just not ready to play for the Falcons.

  13. vdogg says: Aug 30, 2013 12:40 PM

    The NFL should hire him and let him work with the incoming rookies. His story might be a little more impactful than Pacman telling stories about being in the strip club every night and how terrible it was for him….

  14. onlythebest36 says: Aug 30, 2013 12:40 PM

    I’m sure it’s tough that he didn’t make it, but this kids makeup is strong and he’ll be successful in what ever he decides to do.

  15. garyhd01 says: Aug 30, 2013 12:42 PM

    hope he catches on somewhere there have been far too many ugly stories in the nfl of late an inspirational story would be… well… inspirational

  16. goawayeverybody says: Aug 30, 2013 12:45 PM

    I feel certain he will at least land on a practice squad. I believe practice squad players make around $100,000 a year or so, so this would be a big step up!

  17. nananatman says: Aug 30, 2013 12:48 PM

    Good luck. Having people unjustifiably point fingers at you sucks without going to prison for a decade so best wishes to that guy.

  18. gettingpwned says: Aug 30, 2013 12:52 PM

    Good move by the Falcons to keep him on board.
    Re: practice squad… That’s not where you put a 30 year old. That’s where you put kids with a raw skill set & a chance to keep them around where you can teach them and let them have a chance to grow and make the team in the future.

  19. sunzu717 says: Aug 30, 2013 1:05 PM

    He will land well on his feet very soon. Would have loved to see him at least be a back up MLB.

  20. godofwine330 says: Aug 30, 2013 1:07 PM

    I was hoping for him though I knew that the odds were greatly against him. I pray he lands on his feet, because to be at any level of anything but anger after being both wrongly accused and wrongly imprisoned is amazing he is a living and breathing Andy Dufresne.

  21. fubar5150 says: Aug 30, 2013 1:08 PM

    The woman is always right. Right? #thanksalotchick

  22. icardfan says: Aug 30, 2013 1:17 PM

    From a Cardinals fan: Mr Blank and the Falcons organization are a class act!

  23. aldante66 says: Aug 30, 2013 1:30 PM

    Sorry but I never got on the sob story bangwagon. Something fishy about a woman changing her tune after ten years? Please, I smell money being spread around.

    Anyways they gave the kid a chance and he wasn’t good enough. You can bet they game him mooore than a chance and he wasn’t good enough.

    If Blank wants to give him a job fine. I understand his estate needs mowing and weeding.

  24. coryfor3 says: Aug 30, 2013 1:32 PM

    Blanks is trying to find a job for him? Gee- if only Blanks had some influence or owned some business of his own where he could give him a job.

  25. bobulated says: Aug 30, 2013 1:33 PM

    I know I’ll get some thumb downs but unfortunately Brian Banks just didn’t show enough on the field to merit a place even on the practice squad. Banks would be the first to say he wouldn’t want another guys opportunity if he didn’t deserve it and was getting a practice spot mostly because of his story and not his potential or ability.

  26. bcwildcat24 says: Aug 30, 2013 1:57 PM

    I don’t know how anyone can hear Brian Banks speak and not be immensely impressed with him. Let’s be realistic, he was given a horrible hand. He lost 5 years in prison because a girl he messed around with decided to accuse him of rape. I have yet to hear an ill word towards the accuser or her mother from Banks. In fact, in an interview for 60 minutes, he said he really doesn’t care if the girl gets arrested or not. As I mentioned a couple days ago, any superstar who wants to complain when something doesn’t go their way should really take a lesson from Banks.

  27. kuranda84 says: Aug 30, 2013 2:04 PM

    If he is done w/ his career then I really hope some team gives him opportunities inside the organization – like the Falcons are saying. Heard nothing but great things about him and wish him the best.

  28. kuranda84 says: Aug 30, 2013 2:07 PM

    @ bobulated

    I know I’ll get some thumb downs but unfortunately Brian Banks just didn’t show enough on the field to merit a place even on the practice squad. Banks would be the first to say he wouldn’t want another guys opportunity if he didn’t deserve it and was getting a practice spot mostly because of his story and not his potential or ability.

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    The fact is – what you are saying is true regardless of people giving you thumbs down. Hopefully things work out for the guy, but he may need too much time to get back into things.

  29. toybkshr says: Aug 30, 2013 2:31 PM

    With Arthur Blank’s noteworthy endorsement, and
    Brian’s tremendous attitude, he will definitely land
    on two feet somewhere in the Atlanta area.

    Father time & time away from the game just too much to overcome for an NFL career.

  30. grudenthediva says: Aug 30, 2013 2:39 PM

    Of course Arthur’s gonna want to help. This way, whenever Brian Banks achieves something else remarkable, Arthur will be right there to mug it up for the press.

  31. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 30, 2013 2:56 PM

    gettingpwned says:Aug 30, 2013 12:52 PM

    Good move by the Falcons to keep him on board.
    Re: practice squad… That’s not where you put a 30 year old. That’s where you put kids with a raw skill set & a chance to keep them around where you can teach them and let them have a chance to grow and make the team in the future.
    ______

    Then why give him the chance in the first place? Guys who have been out of football for 10 years and never played above high school level don’t make rosters. His only chance of having any kind of football career was to make a practice squad. Did the Falcons just bring him in so they could have a feel-good story? Sounds like they were jerking him around to me.

  32. andyreidisabeachedwalrus says: Aug 30, 2013 3:27 PM

    Bummer. Was def rooting for this cat.

  33. bigblu73 says: Aug 30, 2013 4:09 PM

    Kudos to Arthur Blank! It will be much more remarkable for him to have a successful life than it would be to have a successful football career!!! Good luck to you B. Banks…….

  34. hendeeze says: Aug 30, 2013 5:04 PM

    That’s nice that they want him around. Too bad teams pretty much say that to everybody they cut.

  35. lionscountrynorth says: Aug 30, 2013 7:25 PM

    skoobyfl | Aug 30, 2013, 12:33 PM EDT
    How about a greeter ??

    Why, are you quitting?

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