No Anxiety For Banks as Preseason Closes

No Anxiety For Banks as Preseason Closes

Jay Adams

Published August 29, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Before Thursday’s game, linebacker Brian Banks had a very special moment. He’s experienced so many personal and professional milestones since he was signed by the Falcons in March and Thursday night was another chance.

After going through 10 years of his freedom — and what was a promising football career coming out of high school — wrongfully taken from him, Banks was able to get suited up for the Falcons knowing that his mother was watching from inside the Georgia Dome.

She hasn’t seen her son play football since he was in high school — before he was convicted of a crime he would eventually be exonerated of.

He posted this photo to his Instagram account before the game:

“Just to have her her, to have her in town, to get on the field and take pictures with her and show her a little bit of what I’ve been up to these last few months is more than I could ask for,” said Banks after Thursday night’s 20-16 preseason loss to Jacksonville.

The next milestone that Banks could potentially reach would be the biggest of them all since his exoneration: making it past final cuts and earning a spot on the Falcons’ roster.

The path is still uphill for Banks, who had two tackles in one quarter of work against Jacksonville. Banks was on the sideline for the first three quarters as the Falcons took longer looks at Robert James, Joplo Bartu and Paul Worrilow.

The wait now begins for Banks. He’ll find out this weekend if he’s made the Falcons’ 53-man roster or a practice squad spot, or if the next chapter of his return to football will move elsewhere.

“No anxiety whatsoever,” Banks said. “I’ve tried my hardest. I’ve worked my hardest. I came out on the field with the time that I had to do what I could do. It’s all up to the coaches from here.”

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