Banks Continues to Exercise His Freedom

Banks Continues to Exercise His Freedom

Jay Adams

Published June 20, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Photo courtesy of Brian Banks’ official Facebook page

When Brian Banks was in prison for a crime he didn’t commit for five years before being released and then on probation for another five, the thought that he would ever get to travel anywhere seemed like a pipe dream, let alone the idea that he might resurrect his football career that was interrupted when he was wrongly convicted of rape.

His exoneration last year meant that not only could the Falcons linebacker pursue football, but it also meant that he was no longer bound to a county, a state or a country.

During time off in the offseason training activities period, Banks fulfilled a dream of getting out to see some of the world, traveling to the Bahamas for a weekend and then heading up to Canada.

“It’s just another way of expressing my freedom,” said Banks, who is always eloquent when putting into words a situation that has to be difficult to express. “It’s another way of proving to myself that I no longer have to live under the confines of a false accusation. … Just to pull out that passport and they look at it and then I go through and then I go to wherever I want to go — to be honest, there was a point in my life where I never thought that that would ever happen again. I never thought that I would have the opportunity ever in my life.

“To see it all come back, to see myself on the field playing with the Atlanta Falcons, it’s definitely emotional. But you’ve got to put that all to the side and just stay focused on your priorities.”

During the break between minicamp and training camp, Banks will head home to Los Angeles to see his mother and continue training with Jay Glazer and Travelle Gaines. He’s going to enjoy some time with family and lay low, but rest assured that Banks will again set about to see more of the world when the time is right. For now, he says, he’s focused on what it’s going to take to make the 53-man roster.

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