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Brian Banks

EXPERIENCE

One of the country's most prominent exonerees, this former football star inspires with his unforgettable, life affirming story of resiliency, redemption and triumph over adversity and injustice.

Brian Banks was a high school football star with a full ride scholarship to USC and his sights set on the NFL. Those dreams were shattered when he was falsely accused and compelled to plea bargain “no contest” to one count of rape at the age of 16. Ultimately, with the help of the California Innocence Project, Brian was exonerated after serving more than five years in prison and an additional five years on parole for crimes uncommitted.

Having secured his freedom, Brian recaptured his dreams of playing in the NFL. After trying out for numerous teams, he signed with the Atlanta Falcons in April 2013, and played with them throughout the pre-season that year. Soon after, Brian was offered a job at the NFL’s Front Office by Commissioner Roger Goodell himself.

Brian has gone on to become a Life Coach and nationally-recognized public speaker, having spoken across the country and internationally. He sits on the advisory boards of the California Innocence Project and the National Registry of Exonerations. In 2017, Brian co-hosted Final Appeal, a television series for the Oxygen network where Brian searches to uncover the truth behind controversial cases that may have led to wrongful convictions.

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