Exonerated football player Brian Banks signs with the Atlanta Falcons
Brian Banks, a high school football player who spent five years in prison and five years on probation for a rape he did not commit, has signed with the Atlanta Falcons nearly one year after his conviction was overturned.
"It's almost impossible to explain, the feeling of not having freedom, to be stripped away of your freedom, of your dignity, the respect you once had," Banks told the Associated Press. "To lose it all and watch the world pass you by as you sit inside a prison cell, knowing you shouldn't be there, knowing you're there because of another person's lies, to lose it all and then get it all back, it's a very humbling, spiritual feeling that you just don't want to take anything for granted."
Banks was 16-years-olds when a fellow classmate accused him of rape.
As Ashley Powers of the Los Angeles Times reported in 2012: