Banks once was a high-profile recruit ticketed for USC before a false rape charge led to a five-year prison sentence and five additional years of house arrest. Now exonerated of the crime, he's attempting to fulfill his dream of playing in the NFL. Banks candidly retold his life during a recent edition of "The Rich Eisen Podcast."
"Tomorrow marks another great day, as I travel back to Flowery Branch, GA. Another great mission, another defying act," Banks wrote. "The odds are against me ... But the odds know me well. And although doubt surrounds me, there is no doubt in my mind, there is no fear in my heart. And as I step onto that field day for training camp, and throughout, I will do it with the mindset of a winner. I went to hell and back, and survived a better man."
Definitely worth a bookmark as one of the NFL's greatest underdog stories ever unfolds in real time.
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