Jun 18, 2013; Flowery Branch, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons linebacker Brian Banks (53) takes part in a drill during minicamp at the Falcons Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Banks: I Ate Myself Alive With Negativity


Brian Banks was a top high school recruit headed for USC and eventually a shot at the NFL. All those dreams were ripped from him when he was falsely accused of rape and consequently sent to prison for five years. Banks, now 27, was able to clear his name and is attempting to play football again.

In April he signed with the Atlanta Falcons and is getting another shot at his dream. He will attend training camp starting next month. Banks had an insightful conversation on “The Rich Eisen Podcast” that sheds light on what he went through and how he is able to move forward with his life.

“I woke up one day honestly and it just dawned on me that I’m sitting here and I’m angry at the world and I want this revenge and I want somebody held accountable for what happened to me,” Banks recalled to Eisen, via NFL.com. “And I’m realizing that all this negative energy that I had and all this anger I have for these people they didn’t even know and didn’t even care.

“So it was at that time I realized I was eating myself alive with this negative energy. With the way that I felt, I was doing nothing but destroying myself because it meant nothing to the people I had that anger for.”

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