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Brian Banks to Receive Honorary Lott IMPACT Trophy

NEWPORT BEACH, Ca. – Brian Banks, a highly recruited high school football star who was falsely accused of rape and spent more than five years in prison, will receive an honorary Lott IMPACT Trophy, it was announced by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation.

Banks will receive the award at the annual Lott IMPACT Trophy banquet Dec. 8 in Newport Beach.

Banks, now 28, was a standout linebacker at Long Beach Poly High School in California and had made a verbal commitment to play for Pete Carroll at USC in 2002.  But he was accused of rape, dismissed from school and convicted of the crime.

Eventually, his accuser, admitted she had fabricated the story and Banks was released.

“He has carried himself with grace and dignity,” said John Hamilton, Chairman of the Board of the IMPACT Foundation.  “We all admire him for his positive attitude despite this horrendous incident, which would cripple most of us.”

After his conviction was reversed, Banks said: “I may never get the answers as to why I was supposed to go through what I went through but I know that I am here today and I remain unbroken. I will take this opportunity to be the best person I can be in the world and to show people that no matter what you go through, there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

Previous recipients of Honorary Lott IMPACT Trophies:

Pat Tillman (posthumously), 2004: Former Arizona State standout volunteered to serve in United States Army and was killed in Afghanistan.

Mark Herzlich, 2009: Boston College star made tremendous recovery from cancer and is now playing in the NFL with the New York Giants.

Tyrone Fahie, 2010: Walked on at Nebraska at age of 28 after serving in United States Navy.

Owen Marecic, 2010: Stanford standout was the only player in the nation to play both offense and defense.

Sgt. Dakota Meyer, 2011: Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.

The Lott IMPACT Trophy will announce its eight semi-finalists Nov. 13.  Four finalists will be announced later in the month and those four players will be invited to the annual Lott IMPACT Trophy banquet where the winner will be announced Dec. 8. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scot will be this year’s keynote speaker.


Patrick O’Neal will serve as FOX’s emcee on this year’s Lott IMPACT Trophy telecast, which will be available in 52 million homes this year. The one-hour show will be aired beginning at 7 p.m. Pacific Standard Time Dec. 8, live from the Pacific Club in Newport Beach. The versatile O’Neal has hosted pre and post-game FOX shows, including the Dodgers and Lakers.

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