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Brian Banks ecstatic with debut

Updated: August 9, 2013, 3:34 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- A jubilant Brian Banks described his preseason debut with the Atlanta Falcons as "better than any roller-coaster ride you can ever get on."

Banks, 28, cherished that high even more than a normal rookie because his life has hit lows few can imagine.

He spent five years in prison and five years on probation following his conviction on rape and kidnapping charges a decade ago. He is free to finally pursue his career as a NFL linebacker because the woman who made the ...

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