We just can’t get enough of Brian Banks, and it’s easy to understand why. His story of redemption after being falsely accused of rape, sentenced to jail, released, finally being found not guilty and on his way to fulfilling his dream of being an NFL player is inspiring beyond words. Now trying to make the team as a linebacker with the Atlanta Falcons, Banks continues to share his thoughts and inspire others through his blog: My Journey. In his latest post, he talks about his past, his current moments of trying to make the Atlanta Falcons roster and his future. Here’s an excerpt:
I remember sitting in a prison cell thinking to myself repeatedly…daily, ” I just want to be free. I just want to be normal…” I would say the same thing over and over again to myself when finally home yet still on parole, confined by a GPS tracking device on my ankle, a parole officer who wanted nothing more than to send me back to prison, and a life not mine.
12 days into mini camp with the Atlanta Falcons. I still cant believe I’m here. Still cant believe the possibilities. Yes, still taken back by all that I’ve experienced. I mean, what a life. From riots, fights, lockdowns, and strip searches, to defensive schemes with Coach Nolan and Coach Pires, sharing a locker room with Matt Ryan, Sean Weatherspoon, Tony Gonzalez, and Asante Samuel’s (the list goes on) wearing the Atlanta Falcons seal. Some may call this a dream come true. I call it a dream almost fulfilled.
Yes, I am here. But I am not there. I wear #53, but still have yet to earn a spot on the 53 man roster. Everything that is in me is in my efforts towards accomplishing what many call the impossible. My heart, my focus, my mind, and will. But there is also fear. I don’t fear much at all, but one of my biggest fears in life is failure. Making this team means so much to me. So much to my family. But becoming an Atlanta Falcon is bigger than football. I repeat, this is BIGGER than football. And it is bigger than me. Far beyond me. This is for the forgotten. The hopeless. Those who have forgotten how to be inspired, those who could use a little more.
Brian Banks is a living reminder of what faith can do. His story reminds us of the importance of never giving up on your dreams and that perhaps what happens to us is not just about us. Perhaps there is a bigger purpose. A bigger plan.
You can stay inspired by reading the rest of his blog. Brian Banks is free, but it seems getting free was only the beginning of his journey.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,
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