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Brian Banks, Exonerated of Rape and Kidnapping, to Try Out for Seattle Seahawks

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Brian Banks, the 26-year-old man who was recently exonerated after spending five years in jail for a kidnap and rape he didn't commit, is now trying out for the Seattle Seahawks.

Before going to jail, Banks was among the top high school players in the nation. He played for Long Beach Polytechnic High School, and was poised to accept a full scholarship to USC, where he would be coached by Pete Carroll.

Carroll is now with the Seahawks, and that he was looking forward to giving Banks the opportunity to try out.

"He was once in our sights, knowing he had potential to be a special football player," said Carroll. "Here's a young man who has a second chance at his dream. I just think he deserves it. We're going to give him a real good look."

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Banks has been doing limited media appearances since being released from jail. He was freed after his accuser, a young woman he knew from school, got in touch with him and admitted that she had fabricated the entire story.