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Brian Banks signing with UFL team

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Brian Banks is getting his chance to play professional football.

The one-time high school football star, who was recently cleared after being falsely accused in a California rape case, is signed with the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League, the team announced Wednesday.

Banks, 26, spent more than five years in jail after being convicted of rape and kidnapping, and another five on parole. He met with his accuser last year after she contacted him on Facebook.

She felt guilty that he wasn't able play football in college -- he was being courted by several top schools at the time of his conviction -- and later admitted that she lied about the alleged rape.

A news conference is scheduled for Thursday.

After his May exoneration, Banks, pursued his dream of playing in the NFL, and tried out with the Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks.
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