Found June 08, 2012 on The Jersey Chaser:

After serving five years in prison for being wrongfully accused of rape, Brian Banks got a tryout with the Seattle Seahwaks. Banks was a standout high school football player and USC recruit before being convicted of sexual assault in 2003 at age 16.

“He was once in our sights, knowing he had potential to be a special football player,” said Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. “Here’s a young man who has a second chance at his dream. I just think he deserves it. We’re going to give him a real good look.”

Banks pleaded no contest, and while he was paroled, he had to wear a tracking device requiring him to stay in Los Angles county. After his accuser Facebook friended him, Banks was able to clear his name by an audio recording of her admitting the false accusation.

After the tryout Banks said,“This is by far the second best day of my life — May 24, my day of exoneration, and today. Just being out here on the field and work out with the Seahawks and to be given an opportunity to have a tryout, I don’t really have words for it. It’s a dream come true. I know a lot of people work hard to get to this point. I’ve worked hard myself and I’m just thankful for this opportunity.”

Along with the Seahawks Banks also recieved a tryout invitation with the Kansas City Cheifs, but if football doesn’t work out Banks can look into the entertainment industry after he was a guest on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Brian Banks Gets His Seattle Tryout

((HT: KABC-TV)) OSG Sports told you about the saga of freed man Brian Banks and his trek to and from prison and, now, to a pro football tryout ten years after his career came to a screeching halt after a false accusation of rape sent him to prison. We first told you the story hyah... Here's Leanne Suter outside Long Beach Poly with the update... Seattle offered...

Man Invited To Seahawks' Minicamp After 5 Years In Prison

Brian Banks, a man who was convicted of rape and kidnapping at age 16, now finds himself a free man – and an NFL prospect. The Seattle Seahawks were one of the first in line to offer Banks’ a tryout, after a Long Beach, Calif. judge overturned his 2002 conviction when his accuser, Wanette Gibson, recanted her statement and confirmed she had lied – a lie that had cost Banks...

Brian Banks offered a tryout at next week's Seahawks minicamp

We've learned today via the twitter feed from John Boyle that Brian Banks has been offered a tryout at next week's Seattle Seahawks minicamp. Quote: The exonerated OLB Banks called today's workout with the Seahawks "by far the second best day of my life." Not sure about the Brian Banks story? Read this story on ESPN.com by Rick...

Seahawks offer Banks minicamp tryout

Brian Banks' NFL dream is alive for one more week, if he chooses to accept Pete Carroll's offer. Banks, recently exonerated of rape and kidnapping charges after serving more than five years in prison and another five on parole, was given a tryout by the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday. About four hours after walking out of his hotel room, Banks stood before a bank of television...

Report: Exonerated Banks will get a second look with Seahawks

Running back Brian Banks, who had an audition with the Seattle Seahawks Thursday two weeks after he was exonerated from charges of rape and kidnapping, has been invited back for a second look, the Seattle Times reported. Seattle coach Pete Carroll had offered Banks a scholarship to USC almost 10 years ago, before he served a six-year jail sentence after pleading no contest to the...

Chiefs to give Banks a tryout

Brian Banks, a former high-school standout who spent five years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit, will try out for the Kansas City Chiefs next week in his quest to land a job in the NFL. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound linebacker worked out for the San Diego Chargers on Friday and has an invitation to join the Seattle Seahawks during their minicamp next week, U-T San Diego reported...

Banks accepts Seahawks tryout offer

Brian Banks has accepted the offer of Seattle coach Pete Carroll and will get a formal tryout with the Seahawks during their upcoming minicamp. The 26-year-old Banks was a one-time high school star at Long Beach Poly who was recently exonerated in a California rape case in which he was falsely accused. Banks served more than five years in prison. Banks' agent, Bruce Tollner...

Carroll says Banks will get serious look in tryout

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says the team intends to give Brian Banks a serious look - and potentially an invite to minicamp - during his tryout on Thursday. Carroll released a statement through the team Wednesday saying that Banks deserves a ''second chance at his dream.'' Banks was a one-time high school star at Long Beach Poly who was recently exonerated...
Seahawks News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.