A man who spent five years in prison for a rape he did not commit is living his dream this week.
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Brian Banks, 26, tried out for the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday. On Friday, he showed off his skills in front of San Diego Chargers coaches.
"Oh yeah, of course this is a dream come true
a dream come true. I'm here to show what I can do, and at this point, I can impress an NFL team to go to mini-camp, then progress on the talent I have so far," said Banks.
Chargers head coach Norv Turner said he was impressed with Banks' attitude and athleticism.
"He's had limited work with a professional trainer. Now he can commit completely to that. He'll improve dramatically in a short time," said Turner.
Turner, however, did not invite Banks back.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll did extend an invitation for Banks to return. Ten years ago, Carroll offered Banks a scholarship to USC after a stellar high school career in Long Beach. However, Banks was sent to prison in 2002 for the rape conviction, and he ultimately lost that opportunity.
Years later, the victim recanted her testimony, and attorneys for the California Innocence Project at California Western School of Law in San Diego took the case and helped cleared Banks' name.
California Innocence Project Director Justin Brooks smiled as he talked about his hopes for his client.
"I would love to see Brian play for the Chargers. I'm a season ticket holder. We love the Chargers at California Western School of Law," said Brooks.
Banks is grateful to them and often wears a sweatshirt that says "XONR8."
"I express my thanks every time I step out in public and wear this sweater. This is my symbol of freedom; the "S" on my chest like Superman. They saved my life," said Banks.
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