Brandon Banks is an anomaly. An undersized football player, playing at the highest level, and dominating at a position that takes punishing hits on every play.
You might say that he’s underestimated. Now his chest agrees.
Last night, Banks commemorated his struggle for opportunity and respect, with a tattoo reminder.
“I feel like I’ve been underestimated all my life, growing up,” he explained. “I have a lot of doubters in life so it puts a chip on my shoulder.”
The disrespect and doubt may have been a topic of conversation in Washington last year, but this is something that’s dogged Banks his entire life.
“Ever since I was 6 years old,” he remembered. “Ever since I was a little Mighty Mite, running 30 pounds, and they’re thinking I couldn’t play football.
“They still don’t. Not at all.”
Despite big numbers in the return game last year, he still faces the same doubts and criticisms that he’s always had. The tattoo is a reminder that he has to prove them wrong, “every day. All day. Every day.”
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