Guy Exonerated in Rape Case Gets 2nd Shot at NFL Dream
Brian Banks signed by Atlanta Falcons
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2013 1:44 PM CDT
This May 24, 2012, file photo shows Brian Banks weeping after his rape conviction was dismissed in court, in Long Beach, Calif.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

(Newser) – Brian Banks was a 16-year-old top college football prospect back in 2002, but the linebacker's dreams of someday playing with the NFL were dashed when a classmate falsely accused him of rape. He was sent to prison for five years, but finally had his name cleared last year after the woman friended him on Facebook and admitted she had lied. And now he has a big-time second chance: He's been signed by the Atlanta Falcons, NBC Los Angeles reports.

Banks, now 27, worked out with several NFL teams, including the Falcons, after his exoneration. He then joined the United Football League, and the Falcons watched him play for the Las Vegas Locomotives. "He has worked extremely hard for this chance over the last year and he has shown us that he is prepared for this opportunity," says the Falcons' GM. "We are happy that Brian will have a chance to live out his dream of playing in the NFL."

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Apr 4, 2013 5:42 AM CDT
I'm happy for him, getting this shot at his dream. And this woman should absolutely be prosecuted for something -- perjury?
Apr 3, 2013 11:39 PM CDT
If he doesn't make millions in the NFL, he should make millions from the state which imprisoned him. I can't put a price on 5 years of a persons prime, but if i had to, i would say 1 million a year would be fair. It was noble of his accuser to come clean, and i wouldn't want to discourage others who have falsely accused from doing the same, but she should willingly face some pretty severe legal consequences.
Apr 3, 2013 4:23 PM CDT
To make it more infuriating the girl that accused him got to keep the settlement she got from the school district. This is rare though, never happens..... NO WAIT