Falcons releasing Brian Banks, but want him around

AP

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.

35 responses to “Falcons releasing Brian Banks, but want him around

  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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….

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. @ 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  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.
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    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.

  19. 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…….

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

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