Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 8/9/13
Brian Banks played in his first NFL game Thursday night for the Atlanta Falcons after a remarkable and improbable journey from being wrongly accused of rape, a five-year stint in prison and fighting to finally realize his dream of playing for an NFL team. After signing earlier in the off-season with the Falcons, Banks — whose football career was derailed more than a decade ago by the false accusations of rape and kidnapping in 2002 — made his debut when he entered the Bengals-Falcons preseason contest in the fourth quarter at middle linebacker and made a tackle. Before the game, the 28-year-old rookie couldn't contain his thoughts — and who can blame him — on his Twitter account. Game Day. Never thought this day would come. And if it all ended here tonight... Mom, I did it.… http://t.co/vfUHylhMc9 — Brian Banks (@BrianBanksFREE) August 8, 2013 Banks' story became widely known after the convictions were overturned. He was a standout California high school player and a re...
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