The 6-foot-4, 225-pound linebacker tried out for the San Diego Chargers on Friday. Banks left without a deal, but his attorney said the Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers would like to work him out. Banks told U-T San Diego the recent whirlwind represents a victory once unimagined.
"The biggest thing for me ever has been to obtain and secure my freedom. I've already won. Regardless of what happens, I'm already rich. I'm already here," Banks said.
"Two weeks ago, I was sitting at home, just being hopeful that I could secure my freedom. Now, I've had a flight to Seattle. I've been out here in San Diego. I had a chance to work out with coach (Norv) Turner. These opportunities are something I'll cherish for the rest of my life."
You might wonder what sort of shape Banks is in after five years in prison, but he hasn't lost his speed. He clocked in at just under 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash with the Seahawks.
Banks won't have an easy time making an NFL team, but he's embraced the challenge. We can't help but root for him.