*Good things are happening for Brian Banks.
Banks, if you recall, unfortunately served 5 years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit.
However, on Wednesday, 10 months after his release that followed a California judge throwing out his conviction, Banks learned he’ll be wearing an Atlanta Falcons uniform.
“Aside from getting my life back and my freedom back, this is the biggest accomplishment of my life,” he told reporters during a conference call.
As he signed the contract, he wore a sweatshirt that showed a California license plate that said “XONR8.”
“We are pleased to have Brian join our team,” said Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff. “We had a chance to work him out last year and have been monitoring his progress since then. He has worked extremely hard for this chance over the last year and he has shown us that he is prepared for this opportunity. We are happy that Brian will have a chance to live out his dream of playing in the NFL, and we look forward to seeing him on the field.”
A year ago, he was out of prison on parole, wearing an ankle monitor as a registered sex offender. The contrast with this week’s events is “surreal,” Banks said.
“Talk about coming from the bottom,” he told reporters. “I know all too well what that is and what it looks like and what it feels like.”
While serving time in prison, Banks said he was forced to abandon his hopes of playing in the NFL someday.
“I had to watch my class go on and receive scholarships and play collegiate football on a high level,” he said. “For me I had to let those dreams go for me to focus on what was ahead of me, and that was five years in prison. That was a completely different life of violence and being away from your family. … Football was the last thing on my mind, and it wasn’t until a few months before I was actually being released from prison that I thought about possibly trying to play football again.”
With prison behind him and now a chance to live his dream and play in the NFL, Banks is on top of the world.
You can read more about Brian Banks’ signing with the Falcons at CNN.