After being exonerated for a rape he did not commit, Brian Banks has traded a prison jumpsuit for an Atlanta Falcons uniform.
Banks, 27, was once a highly-touted high school prospect, headed to the University of Southern California on a scholarship to play linebacker.
But in 2002, Banks was accused of kidnapping and raping a classmate when he was 16 years old. Potentially facing 41 years to life in prison, Banks said he took the advice of his attorney and pleaded no contest, saying goodbye to his scholarship to play at USC and serving five years behind bars.
After a 10-year ordeal, Banks was finally able to prove his innocence last year, and on Wednesday, he signed a contract with the Falcons to fulfill a wish that had come to seem out of reach.