RENTON, WASH. -- Brian Banks is living a childhood dream (and probably a Hollywood screenplay), but he faces long odds of garnering an invitation to training camp from the Seattle Seahawks.
Banks, the former Long Beach Poly linebacker who spent five years in jail after being falsely accused of rape, participated in Seahawks minicamp Wednesday and plans to do so Thursday. If the team doesn't sign him to a deal that assures him of a spot in training camp, he will fly to Minnesota later Thursday to work out for the Vikings. Already, he has made trips to San Diego and Kansas City to audition for those teams.
Ken Norton Jr., Seahawks linebackers coach, said Banks did a respectable job Wednesday, especially for someone who has been away from the game so long.
But Norton added: "This is the NFL, the best of the best. So it's going to be really tough for him. Just the fact that he came out here and gave it a shot and didn't shy away from it, got to give him a plus for that. But again, this is the best of the best, the highest level athlete, and he's been out of it for 10 years so it's going to be really, really tough."