Exonerated After Five Years in Prison, Innocent Man Signs With Atlanta Falcons

A bit of compensation for what he lost


At 17, Brian Banks had what high school juniors dream of. Ranked 11 th nationwide as middle linebacker, the Californian had committed to play football at the University of Southern California after a series of offers from other Division 1 schools.

All of that went away the day he was wrongfully convicted of rape.

Now, at age 27, after spending five years in prison, five on probation and receiving an exoneration, Banks revived his dream and signed on to the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday.

(H/T Brett L)