Chris Graythen

Brian Banks signs with Falcons after 5-year wrongful conviction

Brian Banks, who spent five years in jail for a crime he didn't commit, has officially been announced as the newest member of the Falcons.

  • Live
13 Total Updates since May 30, 2012
  • Important 6
  • Updates 8
  • Articles 4
  • All Updates 13

Brian Banks accuser ordered to pay $2.6M

The woman who falsely accused Brian Banks of rape will have to pay $2.6 million to the the school district of Long Beach Poly High School ... if anyone can find her.


Banks signs with Falcons, makes incredible story

Once falsely accused and locked up, Brian Banks is now getting a shot he deserved long ago, with the Falcons.


Banks clocked at 4.77 by Chiefs

Brian Banks is still making the rounds, working out for NFL teams as he attempts another shot at a football career. According to Peter King in his Monday Morning Quarterback column, Banks posted a 4.77 second 40-yard-dash time in a workout for the Kansas City Chiefs last week.

Banks missed his first opportunity at a football career when he was wrongfully convicted of rape between his high school playing days and an offer to play at USC. Exonerated, he has been working out for NFL teams this year. His 40 time with the Chiefs, who put him through something of a Combine-like workout, ranks better than eight of the 29 linebacker prospects who ran the drill at the February Scouting Combine.

Banks is working out for the San Francisco 49ers on Monday.

For more on Banks' workout in San Francisco, visit SB Nation's Niners Nation. For updates on Banks, keep checking this StoryStream.


Seahawks Offer Brian Banks Minicamp Tryout

Former high school top prospect Brian Banks was recently freed after spending five years in prison for being falsely accused of rape. He is getting to live out at least some part of his dream, as several pro teams have invited him to workouts. He has also been drawing interest from colleges.

Will Brinson at CBS Sports reports that the Seattle Seahawks are going to take a look at Banks on Thursday at a private workout. Although the team had their OTAs canceled as a result of contact violations, they still intend to honor their invite to Banks. Before the workout, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll stated that the team would possibly be giving Banks a chance to earn a spot at minicamp next week.

"He's a young man that has an opportunity to get a second chance at his dream," Carroll said. "I just think he deserves it and we're going to give him a really good look and a serious look, and if he does well and we like him we're going to try to get him to come to minicamp [next week]."

Sports Radio KJR in Seattle confirms that Banks has officially been offered a tryout at next week's minicamp. Hopefully the one-time top prospect will finally see his dream come true after a very long wait.

For further updates on Brian Banks' journey, please stay tuned to this StoryStream. For all news and information regarding pro football, please visit SB Nation's dedicated NFL hub.

Check out the SB Nation Channel on YouTube


Banks draws college interest

Former high school star Brian Banks, recently released from prison after his 2002 rape conviction was overturned, is doing everything he can to get his football career back to where it should be. He was set to play for USC before being jailed, but has now lined up workouts with a number of NFL teams.

This doesn't mean college teams aren't interested in the former top recruit, who's remained in peak physical condition despite taking almost a decade off:

At 26 years old, Banks would be at least 29 before he could complete three years worth of college ball. While Brandon Weeden was just drafted at 28, he's quite an exception.

While we’re here, let’s watch some college football videos from SB Nation’s new YouTube channel together:

Check out the SB Nation Channel on YouTube


Brian Banks lands NFL workouts

Brian Banks, falsely accused of rape, has been freed after 10 years. The former top high school prospect is getting a chance to work out with some NFL teams.

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.