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-- an amazing comeback story for -- star high school football player who thought at that moment is live at the ages seventeen that he was pretty much on a path.
To the NF -- It was all brightness and sunshine and then suddenly.
He ended up spending 58 years in prison.
For a rape that he did not connect.
This is the moment.
Just about one year ago today.
That he learned he was finally -- Yeah I -- at about 4 times this morning and it's it just kills me every time you can just feel the relief.
The tears all across that table with the -- -- supported him for so long.
There with the California innocence project they hope to clear his name after this accuser finally -- actually no he didn't -- me he didn't hurt me at all.
Now banks has signed with the Atlanta Falcons he's working overtime training to try to win -- coveted spot.
He says he doesn't expect any handouts he doesn't want any favoritism.
We talk about coming from the bottom.
-- -- also well that is what it's about what it looks like what do is look.
I was glad that Brian banks -- now for his.
Tells little bit more of his amazing story of -- good morning welcome great to have you here -- thank you for thank you.
You know it in your story is -- incredible and you know as I said -- seventeen years old each year in high school need patent.
Walk off after high school with a girl that -- now and there's in house and kissing and -- and everything c.'s signing she smiles a lot stopping you say goodbye and the next thing you now.
You've been accused of draping her.
True you know when a fast -- and if there's a lot to this story but they need you here in prison -- at a prison.
One day this woman who has ruined your life at this point -- you eight -- -- friend request on FaceBook.
Her face pops up out of the blue -- Sat like for you -- your reaction.
I was in disbelief I just did not believe that it was actually -- those who -- some type of you know sick joke.
It wasn't so I decided to make.
Private message that are asking Washington for -- request -- Her reply was she was hoping that you know we can let bygones be by that often aren't.
Realize that this was the serious situations really are.
You know -- -- give me a sense it when you went -- years in prison and you knew this was a crime -- did not commit and your mother who is incredible I have to tell you that she's she's an incredible woman.
She still via the whole time how did you get through it what did you do in prison had a what did you think about your future in her life at that point to get through it.
There -- you know the first you know.
Few months of started a five year sentence that was really hard for me.
My -- was filled with all the wrong.
Thoughts and feelings of just negativity in -- It came to a point where I realize that I want to be better than this situation I didn't want to be defined by this one moment in time.
-- us that much time studying and educating myself and wanted to understand -- my life me my spirituality.
It just be a better person in general.
Endorser of the most significant things that you better that you you know that struck you in terms of of that that spiritual life and a -- hike is that that's a real well of strength that you tapped -- yeah.
You know that Thurston and and then been hunger to want to understand more about my spirituality.
You know warning to.
Become a better speaker better writer.
Know more about.
Just sociologist psychology does different things to -- and -- My overall being and just the support my mom and my family and friends just kept me going.
You know today the I'm curious with how you deal with this woman any and I saw the tape where she says now he'd ever he would -- -- -- kidnap me here.
And how did you not respond with anger how did you respond and say you know what I'm not I'm not gonna try to -- -- live this colonel -- might forgive her.
Well you know -- one of those situations where here was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
To try and get the truth.
Meeting her was.
Very difficult for me.
But I knew this was the only opportunity for me so instead of me.
Actually thinking and listening to what was says it knew what was coming out of her mouth I -- to -- the video.
Do all the recording and listening for me just.
And I -- everything -- -- very good job they're very good -- -- it you know it -- that you worked at the California innocence project.
Who works to free people like Keogh and you know you're now getting involved in other people's cases and trying to help people who -- -- -- she is right.
Right -- first and foremost I want to thank the California innocence project at California western School of Law for.
The wonderful work that they do.
How about myself that upon my -- him and receive my freedom back the first thing I want to do turn around and help the people who helped me.
-- also help to people who.
Have gone through similar situations myself this is important that we bring awareness to wrongful convictions it is a serious problem.
You had coaches the coach who was it -- the year Cogent setting California you know -- fired -- and -- right after high school before.
All of this has put a big roadblock and everything he reached out to you afterwards he set out I want to get you back out there.
A lot of people thought you know that you that you couldn't do it frankly I think you've got from what I read that that you could play football anymore but here you -- even signed by the Atlanta Falcons.
How does that feel here.
Yeah well you know I never felt that I couldn't do it I just knew that I had to put.
Certain dreams and -- goes to the side in order to.
Take care certain situations are -- such as the fighters soon for an imprisoned.
But just to to hear from coach Carroll.
You know the day after generation it is to see that.
You know these -- support and the love was still there and an opportunity to play it was still there it was all I needed to hear to.
To keep going to kick start -- That's tonight got the inside with the falcons as I said has the training going you know what's that what's that -- being -- -- being patted me it's gonna as a gonna know.
-- -- -- -- I mean grace two weeks -- have been exonerated -- Started trying to win Jay Glazer and athletic games which rebel games and we just been put in a lot of work -- -- days 55 days a week.
Everything from mixed martial artist who weightlifting and still work -- -- everything because you can think of I've been doing it trying to.
Catch up on a ten year gap what it's been a hard road but farm road and -- just enjoy -- at all.
I'm saying that he deserved to enjoy it a lot but I have a lengthy question pretty happy now if if it doesn't happen.
Are you OK with that and what we do -- yes.
I am -- OK with however this thing turns out.
I've already won our secure my freedom my mother is back to herself my -- is back to themselves we are.
-- and as a family.
And I mean there's so much more to me than just football there's so much more to me than this wrongful conviction.
Neither defines me as a person.
And so I.
Strive to continue to grow as a person.
To be successful and all the things that I wish to accomplish.
And I mean my documentary is in the works.
It's been speaking to people in regards to a book and feature film -- -- so many things that are are out in the works for.
Whenever they suggested they did this to be a movie -- -- good luck with that -- I would everything Brian and and we have Philippines this has worked.
We're thrilled Korea and we wish all the best thank you senator Gloria thank you prize and --
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