Brian Banks, the rookie linebacker trying to make the Atlanta Falcons after being wrongly imprisoned for six years, is now trying to make the most of his opportunity to realize his NFL dream.
The one-time Southern Cal commitment was sent to prison by a woman who lied about being raped by him. Banks served time in prison until he taped a confession of the woman recanting the story.
Banks got himself into top physical shape before signing with the Falcons, but now says the mental aspect of learning an NFL scheme is the challenge for him, says CBS Sports. For Banks, who was denied the chance to play at the college level because of his incarceration, it is a challenge he embraces.
"Physically, I'm where I need to be," Banks said. "It's more just making sure I'm on top of the playbook with my checks and calls. Coach (Mike) Nolan has an intricate defense, but they put it in perspective for you to get it down, and they're patient with you as well."
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