Brian Banks speaks in Seattle on behalf of Innocence Projecton April 4, 2013 @ 4:56 pm (Updated: 7:44 am - 4/5/13 )
After tryouts with the Seattle Seahawks and five other NFL teams, this week he signed with the Atlanta Falcons and is getting a chance to make their 53-man roster for next season.
Banks tells KIRO Radio's Ron and Don Show having someone like Pete Carroll believe in him enough to give him a shot was a surreal experience.
"I just had the hopes that upon my exoneration, that somebody would hear my plea for an opportunity. I had no clue it would be Coach Carroll."
Before his exoneration, Banks says he wasn't really training on a football field, mostly just working on his body composition. So working out with the Seahawks wasn't exactly easy.
"That was a bit of a wake up call to see what was going to be required on my end."
Now he's with Atlanta.
"It's nothing short of a blessing. I have a fond interest in birds. [...] It started as I wanted to be a part of the Eagles, wanted to be a part of the Seahawks, and now I see myself as a dirty bird."
Banks says he's thankful for wherever this path takes him.
The Falcon was a keynote speaker for the Innocence Project Thursday night at the Herban Feast.
Banks pleaded no contest on the advice of a lawyer after a childhood friend falsely accused him of attacking her on their high school campus. A judge threw out the conviction that sent Banks to prison for more than five years.
KIRO Radio's Libby Denkmann and MyNorthwest.com staff contributed to this report.
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