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Brian Banks’ Big Break…Finally

May 26, 2012

Sometimes life just isn’t fair. Like when you drive to work and get a flat tire. Or you just have a really bad day, only to get home to realize you’ve had a booger on your cheek since breakfast. You know, things that can make you cry out of frustration.

For example, why can’t white people jump…except for this dude? Why wasn’t I blessed with those kinds of leg muscles?

Anyway, did you see that celebration in the video? That’s nothing compared to how Brian Banks must have felt the other day when he was finally cleared of all charges, stemming from a rape accusation that sent him to five years in prison. Even though there was no DNA test that proved him guilty.

“Life isn’t fair,” doesn’t even begin to do justice for what Banks has gone through since that fateful “makeout session” in high school. A once-promising prep football star had five years of his life ripped away by a conniving young girl, a corrupt legal system, and the worst lawyer of all time.

I’ll try to stay away from the details of the case, because my opinion really doesn’t matter at this point. Let’s just say that the accusation held about as much merit as Bobby Valentine calling another team’s coaches immature and unprofessional

So after all that torture. After seeing his dream ripped away from him on an evidence-less case by a robe and gavel he’ll never forget…what is the one thing Brian Banks wants to do as a free man?

He wants to play football. He wants a shot at NFL glory. And ohhhhh man, what a story that would be. I for one, am rooting for the kid. Anyone in a situation like this deserves a shot at reclaiming his dream. 

But would he be able to compete in the NFL? I did a little research. 

Initially, I could only find a report from, that touched on his exoneration and included a little bit of background on his football career. And apparently, Banks was a star linebacker for Long Beach Poly in Southern California, an annual prep football powerhouse. 

He turned down scholarship offers from Ohio State and Michigan to verbally agree with USC. Linebackers from USC are historically good, most recently churning out Clay Matthews.

Video is hard to find. I couldn’t place any actual scouting tapes of Banks on-field. But anyone who gets scholarship offers to those three schools had to be taken seriously at some point. The game has changed in the last ten years, and it would certainly take Banks a while to get used to the NFL.

But if given a chance at a practice squad contract, and a little coaching, this guy could be a tackling monster. Check out his YouTube channel to see him working out at a local gym. The squats, box jump and dead lift are no joke. This guy is jacked, and could get even bigger and faster with an NFL training regimen.

He’s only 26, and could be had for at least 5 years or more once he gets used to the league. 

I’ll tell you one thing – I’m hoping Banks gets a shot. He’s a Californian, let’s have my 49ers jump on this and see if he can make an impact as a second or third-string linebacker. 

Life isn’t fair. But Banks being free, finally, is justice served.

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