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Exonerated Brian Banks signs with Atlanta Falcons

Exonerated Brian Banks signs with Atlanta Falcons

Almost a year ago, a former standout football player at Long Beach Polytechnic High School trembled in Los Angeles County Superior Court as a judge dismissed his rape conviction. Outside the courtroom that day, Brian Banks offered cautious hope that one day, he could restart his athletic career. Wednesday, Banks signed a contract with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, a major step in his quest for redemption. "I can't believe this is happening," Banks told reporters shortly after signing. "This is the biggest accomplishment of my life, but it is also just the beginning." It was his biggest accomplishment, he said, aside from clearing his name. In 2002, a...