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Brian Banks works out for 49ers
National Football League

Brian Banks works out for 49ers

Published Jun. 18, 2012 1:00 a.m. ET

Brian Banks, a former California high school star whose football career was derailed by a wrongful rape conviction, began a tryout with the San Francisco 49ers Monday.

Banks, 26, worked out for the Seattle Seahawks June 7, and head coach Pete Carroll said it was "very possible" the linebacker could make the team.

Banks has also worked out for the Chiefs and Chargers since making national headlines last month when a judge overturned a decade-old conviction that sent Banks to prison for five years.

Banks will participate in a three-day minicamp in San Francisco on a tryout basis, the Sacramento Bee reported.


According to Sports Illustrated, Banks measured 6ft 2in, 239 pounds in his workout with Kansas City, running an impressive 4.77 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

Banks was recruited by USC to play for Carroll, but in 2002, a classmate accused him of rape prior to his senior season at Long Beach's Polytechnic High School.

Banks pleaded no contest to rape and kidnapping charges on the advice of his former attorney, rather than face the prospect of 41 years to life if convicted at trial.

Banks' new lawyers gave prosecutors a video showing his accuser admitting he never raped her. A judge overturned the conviction May 24, releasing him from probation and electronic monitoring.


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