49ers Snag Asomugha; NFL Dream Comes True

Photo taken by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images
Photo taken by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images

Back in 2011, former Oakland Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha joined the bandwagon to the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2011 offseason. While in Oakland, he was a shutdown corner. In Philly, however, he lost his dominance.

The infamous Philadelphia Eagles 2011 free agent frenzy (“Dream Team”) never panned out. CB Nnamdi Asomugha was supposed to be the leader on the defense, but he was the opposite.

Asomugha would reportedly eat lunch in his own car rather than with his team.

Anyhow, Asomugha has one more shot to return to his elite status that he possessed in Oakland. He signed with the San Francisco 49ers with a one-year deal. The Niners have so much talent that if Asomugha falters miserably, they can let his contract expire and move on after a year.

Photo courtesy Atlanta Falcons
Photo courtesy Atlanta Falcons

An inspiring story was continued, as LB Brian Banks signed with the Atlanta Falcons. Read on for more.

At age 16, a high school football player was convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. He was verbally committed to USC, and had immense talent on the field.

Linebacker Brian Banks spent five years and two months in prison after being wrongfully accused of rape and kidnap. His next five years were spent on probation. Banks had to register as a sex offender, had to have a GPS tracking device on his ankle, couldn’t live within 2000 feet of a school or park, and could not travel unless he acquired permission.

On May 24, 2012, Banks was exonerated after his accuser admitting to lying. He tried out with numerous teams last year, but did not make one roster. He went to the UFL for two games, but the league suspended their 2012 season shortly after.

Banks now is on an NFL roster, however. He signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an inside linebacker, making his once evaporated dream of playing in the NFL come true. It’s an uphill battle to make the roster, but Banks certainly has the drive needed to be part of the Falcons roster.

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