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Brian Banks gets workout with Seattle Seahawks
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- It's Brian Banks' patience and perseverance that put him back on the football field trying out for the Seattle Seahawks in hopes of fulfilling a lifelong dream of playing in the NFL.
"Look where I am, look where I am today. I thank God for this and the last thing I want to do is be bitter," he said.
Banks was a 16-year-old football standout at Long Beach Poly High when his life took a terrifying turn as he was arrested and charged with rape.
"He was the next big linebacker for us. Character-wise he was great kid, never gave us any problems or anything. That's why when everything happened it was kind of a shock to us," said Banks former Long Beach Poly coach Raul Lara.
And an even bigger shock for came for Banks when a judge finally cleared him of the crime after he had already served five years in prison and another five on parole.
His accuser, Wanetta Gibson, admitted on camera at a private investigators office that she had lied about the incident. One of the first to reach out after Banks was exonerated was Seahawks coach Pete Carroll -- the same coach who more than a decade earlier had offered Banks a football scholarship to USC.
"Here's a young man who has opportunity to get a second chance at his dream, and I think he deserves it," said Carroll. "We're gonna give him a really good look and a serious look."
Lara says Carroll called him to ask about the 26-year-old Banks.
"Just like I told him, Brian is very athletic, and if he was working out like he was, which I truly believe he did, he's gonna surprise him," said Lara.
Banks says he knows he has a lot of work to do get back in the game, one he hasn't played in years, but the dream he had bury when he went to prison may soon be a reality.
"I just kinda had to put some dreams aside just to make it out of the situation I was in. This has been long-awaited and just a dream come true," said Banks.
After Thursday's workout, the Seahawks offered Banks spot at mini-camp next week. However Banks has not yet accepted, because he has been offered spots with other NFL teams.
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