Brian Banks has officially signed with the Atlanta Falcons less than one year after being exonerated in a decade-old rape case that derailed his plans of going pro.
“We are pleased to have Brian join our team,” Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said in a statement. “We had a chance to work him out last year and have been monitoring his progress since then. ”
The 27-year-old linebacker, who previously participated in the Seattle Seahawks minicamp, will attend the Falcons offseason workouts that begin on April 22.
Dimitroff continued, “He has worked extremely hard for this chance over the last year and has shown us that he is prepared for the 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.”
The team has scheduled a conference call for Wednesday (April 3) with their new signee.
The then 16-year-old star athlete had a scholarship offer from USC when a high school classmate accused him of rape. Banks spent five years behind bars before the accuser changed her story and he was set free.
Photo courtesy of AP/Seattle Seahawks, Corky Trewin