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Brian Banks to work for NFL

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The NFL has hired former Falcons linebacker Brian Banks to its football operations department, the league said on its website Saturday.

Banks announced this afternoon on Twitter that he was joining the league and moving to New York.

The 29-year-old Banks played with Atlanta last summer. He also worked out for several other clubs, including Seattle.

A one-time standout high school football player in California, Banks spent 62 months in prison after being being falsely accused of sexual assault. He was released in May 2012 and worked to resume his football career, both with the NFL and UFL.

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29 Responses to “Brian Banks to work for NFL”
  1. phonesringingdude1 says: Aug 2, 2014 5:22 PM

    Good for him. Hopefully he will have a successful career after a potentially lengthy NFL career was ripped from him.

  2. bubbybrisket says: Aug 2, 2014 5:24 PM

    It’s good to see that he’s getting a chance to work in the NFL; even if it’s in a non-playing role.

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 2, 2014 5:26 PM

    Great, looking forward to many more standout years to come, bring on the contributions!

  4. billybone says: Aug 2, 2014 5:31 PM

    His story is heartbreaking yet amazing. Glad to see the NFL employ him. He lost a lot of great playing years while in jail but hopefully he has many years in the NFL working in other aspects.

  5. MossMoon2Packers says: Aug 2, 2014 5:32 PM

    Bravo to the NFL. Banks suffered terribly from the false accusations but, nonetheless, forgave his accuser. It’s great that the NFL is giving him a hand up.

  6. bradhammond says: Aug 2, 2014 5:33 PM

    Such a noble man – I am glad he has a good job. He has been through an awful lot, but manages not being bitter – not sure I could do that.

  7. rajbais says: Aug 2, 2014 5:36 PM

    What a miracle! This might be an even better opportunity than a NFL roster because this is closer to a being job for life than a NFL spot.

    After all the NFL can stand for “Not For Long.” Brian Banks’s life prosperity = meant to last forever.

  8. detroit09 says: Aug 2, 2014 5:47 PM

    Good for him.

  9. pipkinite says: Aug 2, 2014 5:49 PM

    And to think: If he had actually committed the crime, the Ravens would’ve picked him up. ZING!

  10. clownsfan says: Aug 2, 2014 5:54 PM

    Great news! Hope everything works out for this kid. Best of luck to him.

  11. wayconthemexican says: Aug 2, 2014 5:55 PM

    Freaking awesome, great karma

  12. titansbro says: Aug 2, 2014 6:00 PM

    Bravo Zulu to the NFL on this one. Guess they don’t get everything wrong.

  13. donnymacjack says: Aug 2, 2014 6:29 PM

    In some ways, this could all turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Not to downplay what happened to him or the time he spent behind bars. But by working FOR the NFL rather than playing IN the NFL, he may have excellent health well into his 60’s when former players are battling the effects of having their bodies battered for many years while playing.

  14. dalcow4 says: Aug 2, 2014 6:29 PM

    Great for him. Still waiting for the dirtbag prosecutor to pay the price for this false case.

  15. seatownballers says: Aug 2, 2014 6:40 PM

    Great news

  16. bigblu73 says: Aug 2, 2014 6:44 PM

    NOTHING SHORT OF PHENOMENAL!!!! GOOD LOOK FOR HIM AND THE NFL!!!

  17. deathonwings410 says: Aug 2, 2014 7:04 PM

    I approve this story!

  18. pacificdan says: Aug 2, 2014 7:41 PM

    Great for him, I wish him the best!

    For the life of me I don’t understand how that “woman” is not in jail. The legal system failed him when he was convicted and then failed us all when it refused to do anything to her.

  19. bcajun says: Aug 2, 2014 7:54 PM

    Falcons will ALWAYS have ZERO SUPERBOWLS

  20. duffelbagsports says: Aug 2, 2014 7:57 PM

    And so we wish a young man good fortune in making the best of a bad situation and some idiots hit thumbs down. Is your life so bad of a train wreck you wish misery on everybody?

  21. penthousepauper1960 says: Aug 2, 2014 8:00 PM

    I don’t understand the thumbs down for a young man falsely accused, who did nothing but try to make it as a player…The NFL has stepped up this time…Good to see.

  22. cutlertomarshall says: Aug 2, 2014 8:04 PM

    How can anybody thumbs down this?

    Good for you Brian Banks!

  23. tjacks7 says: Aug 2, 2014 8:09 PM

    Finally. What took the NFL so long? I swear Goodell is brain dead. NBA brought the kid from Baylor on almost immediately.

  24. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 2, 2014 8:09 PM

    What a joke. This guy is scum.

  25. dwinsgames says: Aug 2, 2014 8:27 PM

    A classy move by the league. For a change…

  26. bornahawker says: Aug 2, 2014 10:53 PM

    Okay, I am going to say it, object if you like but if you are a man this could be you. These laws are unchecked, unbalanced , and out of control. How many Brian Banks are rotting in American prisons today and when released though innocent of he said she said will be forced to be on a list? Our country sucks on this issue due to a reactive and ignorant society as a whole.

  27. sparkysaballer says: Aug 3, 2014 2:35 AM

    Classy move by the NFL. Happy to hear this. Best of luck for a successful career in the league office.

  28. Ferdinand says: Aug 3, 2014 1:43 PM

    Maybe he can start an “Ethics” department for the League – and have Goodell in his first training class.

  29. hardate says: Aug 3, 2014 5:44 PM

    Good for him, hope that chick rots in hell.

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