Banks cherishes preseason debut with Falcons after five years in prison

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 08: Brian Banks #53 of the Atlanta Falcons runs the defense against the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth quarter at Georgia Dome on August 8, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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Brian Banks records two tackles as he debuts with the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night.

ATLANTA – Brian Banks says his preseason debut with the Atlanta Falcons was “better than any roller-coaster ride you can ever get on.”

The 28-year-old Banks could cherish that high even more than a normal rookie because his life has hit lows few can imagine.

Brian Banks signed with the Falcons in March as he pursues his NFL dream.

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Brian Banks signed with the Falcons in March as he pursues his NFL dream.

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Banks spent five years in prison and five years on probation following his conviction of rape and kidnapping charges a decade ago. He is free to finally pursue his career as a NFL linebacker because the woman who made the charge when Banks was a 16-year-old high school junior recanted her accusation.

Brian Banks weeps as his kidnap-rape conviction is dismissed Thursday, May 24, 2012.

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Brian Banks weeps as his kidnap-rape conviction is dismissed Thursday, May 24, 2012.

The conviction was overturned by a California court on May 12, 2012.

Banks, who signed with the Falcons in March, had two tackles in the Falcons’ 34-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night.

Brian Banks (c.) joins his parents after his rape conviction is dismissed in 2012.

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Brian Banks (c.) joins his parents after his rape conviction is dismissed in 2012.


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