One of the great feel good stories of the NFL’s preseason has been that of linebacker Brian Banks of the Atlanta Falcons. Banks was a promising high school star who spent five years in prison and five more on probation after being falsely accused of rape. The Falcons signed him this offseason and he’ll find out soon if he made the 53 man roster. Whatever happens, Brian Banks is alright with the result.
“I’ve been fully consumed in making this team, trying to catch up on all these years I missed in football,” Banks said. “…It was definitely challenging but, overall, I enjoyed myself immensely.”
Banks brought his mother to Atlanta for the final preseason game.
“Just to have her her, to have her in town, to get on the field and take pictures with her and show her a little bit of what I’ve been up to these last few months is more than I could ask for,” said Banks, via the team’s website.
Banks isn’t suffering from any anxiety about the news as the cut deadline nears.
“No anxiety whatsoever,” Banks said. “I’ve tried my hardest. I’ve worked my hardest. I came out on the field with the time that I had to do what I could do. It’s all up to the coaches from here.”
Atlanta Falcons head coach mike Smith and Thomas Dimitroff have praised Banks for his effort and professionalism.
“He has really matured and progressed as a football player since we’ve had him on our roster,” Smith said Thursday. “He has been a great teammate to the guys in the locker room.”
The caption reads: “After 5 years in prison, 5 years missing her child, 10years we struggle… Mom look at us NOW! Thank u God. You NEVER left us. Because we never left you. I’ve already won! No matter what , Mom we did it. We are free. #RISEUP”