The story of Brian Banks preceded him for years before he joined the NFL. He spent 10 years in prison for a wrongful conviction. When he was released, his desire -- even at 28 -- to have an NFL career had never died.
Banks has become involved in the California Innocence Project, which helps inmates prove they were wrongfully convicted.
As for his on-field fight, a spot on the 53-man roster might come down to the Falcons' last two preseason games.
-- Bill Bradley, contributing editor