brian banks

Brian Banks

*It’s not the NFL, but it is a professional football team that Brian Banks is becoming a member of.

Any way you look at it, it’s a win because the one-time high school football star has overcome incredible odds. Banks was recently exonerated in a California rape case in which he was falsely accused

The 26-year-old, who plays linebacker, is signing with the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League.

The team confirmed the news in a statement Wednesday.

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Banks served more than five years in prison following a conviction a decade ago on rape and kidnapping charges. The woman later recanted her claim and offered to help Banks clear his name.

Banks and the Locomotives will announce the signing at a news conference Thursday.

Locomotives coach Jim Fassel, a former NFL coach, says the team is pleased to give Banks “an opportunity in football that was denied him years ago.”