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Pete Carroll on Brian Banks: 'People deserve a second chance'

June 8, 2012 |  6:15 am


Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll invited exonerated rape convict Brian Banks back for the team's mini-camp next week, as the former Long Beach Polytechnic High School football standout continues his bid for a shot at the NFL.

The Times' Sam Farmer reported that after a one-day tryout on Thursday, Carroll liked enough of what he saw to bring Banks back for a few more days. Banks served five years in prison on a rape charge and five more registered as a sex offender, until a judge overturned his conviction last month.

Banks, with the help of the California Innocence Project, was able to clear his record after his accuser contacted him on Facebook, then admitted that she had lied about what happened.

After his workout Thursday, Banks wore a sweatshirt that read "XONR8" and answered reporters' questions.

"I feel more appreciative of the opportunity than I feel deserving," he said.

Carroll said he was proud to be able to bring Banks back for another look.

"This is a great illustration for us of why people deserve a second chance because of what he's overcome," Carroll said.

During his workout, Banks displayed a "good natural quickness" and "caught the ball real well," but was not in the kind of condition that a pro player needs to be in, Carroll said.

"So this week in particular will not be a great indication, but it will be a start and we’ll see where it goes from there," Carroll said, adding that Banks is trying out "against all odds."

When asked if Banks could make the team, Carroll said "it's very possible." Carroll's comments on Banks are also posted on the team's website, along with a news conference with Banks.


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