Wrongly Convicted Man Signs to NFL Team

Brian Banks will play for the Atlanta Falcons

By Sarah Grieco
|  Wednesday, Apr 3, 2013  |  Updated 2:02 PM PDT
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Brian Banks Meets with Chargers Coaches

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Brian Banks works out for the Seattle Seahawks, in Renton, Wash., Thursday, June 7, 2012.

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Brian Banks Meets with Chargers Coaches

Ten years after a star football player at Long Beach Poly was convicted and imprisoned on rape charges, he's been exonerated. Now Brian Banks was offered a meeting with Chargers coaches. Banks, attorney from the California Innocence Project Justin Brooks and Chargers Head Coach Norv Turner are featured in this report from NBC 7s Todd Strain.
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Brian Banks, who was wrongfully imprisoned for five years, was signed to the Atlanta Falcons as a linebacker on Wednesday.

Banks, 26, was a football sensation at his high school before he was arrested for a crime he did not commit at age 16. He was cleared of his charges in May 2012, thanks to help from the California Innocence Project, based in San Diego.

Since his release, Banks played with the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League and appeared on multiple talk shows, including NBC's "Tonight Show."

Banks posted a photo (below) to his Facebook page on Wednesday saying, "My God, how amazing you are.. ATL #RiseUp." Hundreds of people commented, saying "Welcome to the NFL" and "You deserve it."

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