Seattle Seahawks make good on promise for second workout for Brian Banks
Despite the celebrity he has become, Brian Banks was given no special treatment and was applauded or frustratingly yelled at according to his performance in the two hour workout. The Seattle Seahawks linebacker coach Ken Norton Jr., who was overseeing the workout, loudly gave feedback to Brian Banks whenever he made a wrong step. However, Ken Norton also let Brian Banks know when he appreciated a correct play by urging him on with a pat on the helmet.
"Obviously there's a little rust out there," said Ken Norton after observing Brian Banks’ performance at the workout. However, Ken Norton Jr. noted that his judgment regarding Brian Banks’ talents was founded on his speed, footwork and to correctly follow through the play.
“The idea is can he line up and can he chase the ball?” said Ken Norton. "Can he run, can he move, does he look the part? All of that is a plus. So far, it's about making a first impression, and I like the first impression he left."
“Really bright, really smart, well spoken,” continued Ken Norton. “He has a great memory. He remembers everything you tell him and that's a great plus at this point.”
Despite five years probation and serving an equal time in prison, Ken Norton was pleased with Brian Banks’ formed and ranked him well.
“Does he look like a ballplayer? Yes," expressed Ken Norton. "Does he move well? Yes. Is there a chance? Absolutely”
Well, Ken Norton may have been a little too enthusiastic and optimistic in his assessment, but Brian Banks surely deserved a shot at NFL. The Seattle Seahawks have been backing Brian Banks ever since he announced his intentions to continue football, and was exonerated of rape and kidnapping charges last month when the petitioner withdrew her false statement last month. It was not a surprising move since Brian Banks was a prime high school prospect who got a football scholarship at USC when Seattle Seahawks’ current head coach Pete Carroll was appointed at the college.
Freedom from prison led to three busy and exhausting weeks for Brian Banks. The 26-year-old found plenty to do, and marking his first workout with NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, he got a similar opportunity from the San Diego Chargers last Friday and the Kansas City Chiefs also gave him a workout on Tuesday.
Brian Banks’ considers such chances a “blessing” and plans to “enjoy the moment” whether its one workout or a year at NFL.
"It's an honor. It's an honor to be taken seriously and get this opportunity," said Brian Banks at the Seattle Seahawks’ minicamp.
"It was more overwhelming than I thought," said Brain Banks after the workout. "I had high hopes and dreams of being out here today…to have this helmet on… (And my) name on the back of this jersey, to be a part of this team for a day it's more than I could ever imagine. "