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Atlanta Falcons linebacker Brian Banks made his NFL debut in a preseason game Thursday night, more than 10 years after he was sent to prison for a crime of which he was later exonerated.
August 9, 2013 It was just a preseason game, but for Brian Banks, playing for an NFL team Thursday offered a taste of the life he once dreamed of — before he became a convicted felon and lost his chance to go to college, and was finally exonerated.
A tear of relief: Brian Banks after his rape conviction was dismissed Thursday.
April 3, 2013 Banks spent five years in prison and then five years of probation for a rape conviction that was thrown out in May 2012. Throughout it, he thought his dream of playing in the NFL was over.
May 25, 2012 Brian Banks spent more than five years in prison. Then for the past five years, he had been on probation and wearing an electronic monitoring device. But his accuser recanted. Now he's hoping to get his life back together.
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