Seahawks invite LB Brian Banks to the team’s minicamp.
Banks recently was exonerated of rape.
Despite scholarship offers from schools like USC, Michigan, Ohio State, and UCLA during his time in high school, he did not get to play college football because of the accusations that landed him in prison for five years.
Banks had his conviction overturned last month after his accuser had admitted that she had lied about the whole thing.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll offered Banks a football scholarship nearly 10 years ago, when Carroll was the coach at USC and Banks was a prospect out of Long Beach Poly high school.
This is not the first time Carroll has give a player a second chance to get back on the field.
Former USC wide receiver Mike Williams was drafted by the Detroit Lions with the 10th overall pick in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft.
After being drafted, he quickly found himself on the Lions, Oakland Raiders, and Tennessee Titans during his first two years in the league.
In 2007, Williams was out of the league completely.
Carroll gave Williams his second chance in the NFL at the start of the 2010.
Carroll coached Williams during his two year playing career at USC.