I was pleased to hear that my hometown football team is giving Brian Banks, the young man recently exonerated and released from prison where he’d spent the past five years on a false rape charge, another shot at playing ball.
Mr. Banks is already 26 years old, but one advantage he may have is that he hasn’t yet been subjected to the wear and tear of the NFL, so he may yet have some good years ahead. Evidently, he still runs the 40 in less than 4.7 seconds, and has impressed coach Pete Carroll with his grace and optimism. Pete Carroll recruited him to USC before he was put away on the false rape charge, so the two already have some history.
Here’s to hoping Brian can make the cut and fulfill his dream despite the terrible setback. I’m already a fan.