By now, Banks’ inspirational story is well known: The former promising high school player spent fives years in prison and five more on probation after being falsely accused of rape. He was signed by the Falcons this offseason, his first real shot to fulfill his NFL dream.
The 28-year-old said Thursday he had “no anxiety whatsoever” about roster cuts and was just soaking in the chance to chase his dream.
Banks entered the final preseason game in the fourth quarter and earned two tackles. After the game, in a move that suggests he knew he’d eventually be cut, the linebacker gave a speech to the team about appreciating every moment on the football field that “had some vets on the verge of tears,” Glazer reported. That Banks was given the opportunity to address the team after a game demonstrates the kind of respect he’s earned among the players.
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