It is impossible not to root for Brian Banks, a once promising college football prospect who was wrongfully incarcerated on rape charges and recently freed from prison. It's been heartwarming to see the NFL community reach out to him as well, and, though even those close to him concede any chance at making a roster is a longshot at this point, who wouldn't want to take a chance on this young man?
Banks began his NFL journey with a visit to Seattle on Thursday. He's in San Diego today for the Chargers to take a look at him, and he'll visit the Chiefs on Tuesday. The Seahawks have extended an invitation to return for their mini camp and the 49ers have done the same. In addition, the Redskins and Vikings have also asked to work him out, so Banks' itinerary looks pretty full.
His agents, Bruce and Ryan Tollner of Rep1 Sports, said they have already been touched by the young man's spirit - “He isn't bitter at all,” Ryan Tollner said. “He's just so happy to have this second chance at life.” The agents reached out to Banks shortly after hearing his story upon his release from prison, and are trying to sort through the best options possible for the linebacker and guide him through the process to provide the best opportunity at a training camp if possible.
It's been a decade since Banks was a prep star, and the layoff is significant. But he hasn't given up hope by any stretch, Tollner said, and is going to pursue this dream while he can.