Good News! Brian Banks Lines Up 4 NFL Tryouts After Rape Exoneration

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Last week we all felt for Brian Banks after we heard that he had lost 10 years of his life, his chance of attending USC on a football scholarship, and what he thought was his opportunity for a career in the NFL when he was falsely accused of rape as a 16-year-old high school student. Brian was exonerated of the rape and kidnap charges last Thursday after his accuser admitted to lying, but the good news for the 26-year-old doesn’t end there.

On June 7, Brian will have his chance at an NFL career with a scheduled tryout with the Seattle Seahawks. What’s ironic is Brian will be trying out for Pete Carroll, the same man who offered him a full ride to USC 10 years ago when he was the head coach at the university. Now he’s giving Brian another shot as the coach of the Seahawks.

If by some chance Brian doesn’t match up to Seattle’s expectations, he still has other options. The aspiring athlete has also gotten calls from the Washington Washington Football Team, Kansas City Chiefs, and the Miami Dolphins. And even if those opportunities don’t work, he can always accept a position he was offered to work in the front office for Major League Baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“I about fell out of my seat when I read that one,” Brian said during an appearance on the Today show, speaking on his change of luck.

This news is incredible in so many ways for Brian, who not only spent five years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit and another five on parole. He’s also had to walk around with an ankle bracelet, register as a sex offender, and struggle to find jobs with a rape and kidnapping charge on his record. Now, opportunities are falling into his lap and he’s ready to take advantage of his new found freedom.

“I feel very confident in getting that tryout and producing on the field,” Brian told the Seattle Times. “I’ve been working extremely hard for this opportunity.”

In a separate interview with ESPN’s Rick Reilly the 6-foot-2, 245-pound man who was a linebacker in high school and led his team to a state championship when he was a junior said he promises to deliver during tryouts.

“I’ll make ’em happy,” he said. “After all I’ve been through these last 10 years, I can still do some things that will impress you.”

Somebody better sign this man.

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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