Aug 8, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons linebacker Brian Banks (53) makes a play against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half at the Georgia Dome. The Bengals defeated the Falcons 34-10. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

NFL roster cuts: Falcons release Brian Banks

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When former high school star Brian Banks spent five years in prison and an additional five-years on probation for being falsely accused of rape, he thought that his dream was over. However, Banks finally had his dream come true whenever he got to sign with the Atlanta Falcons, compete in camp and play in the preseason.

Unfortunately, Banks was one of the roster casualties of the team as they cut to the 53-man roster for the Saturday deadline, but he is not feeling sorry for himself.

His good friend Jay Glazer of FOX Sports passed along the news on Twitter.

“Falcons are releasing @BrianBanksFREE. Hey brother, the dream isn’t over, it was ACCOMPLISHED,” Glazer wrote. “However, Mr. Blank and his partners were so impressed by Brian they are actually trying to place him in a career opportunity in Atlanta around the team”

Glazer went on to add that Banks had a great moment with his Falcons teammates before leaving the team that resonated with everyone in the room.

It was refreshing to see a player play with that much joy and appreciation for what was going on.

Though he may never catch on to an NFL roster, Banks had the opportunity to play on the NFL field which is more than he could have ever dreamed of when he was sitting behind bars. It was a great story to see his road back to the top and we all know that Banks enjoyed the ride.

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